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ApC NWC Agrees On Direct Primaries

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APC NWC agrees on direct primaries

By Haruna Yusuf Abuja 29/8/2018

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has agreed to adopt direct primaries to conduct elections that will produce Presidential, Senate, House of Representatives, Governorship and State House of Assembly’s candidates ahead of 2019 general elections, a reliable party source told Daily Hint last night.

The source, who said that there was no dissenting voice among the NWC members, added that the decision was taken to last night’s meeting of the party’s National Caucus to be attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

“All members of the NWC agree to adopt direct primaries. That is what is taken to the National Caucus. You know that some governors like that of Ogun and Ondo do agree to it. So, it may have to be subjected to voting. You know that it is not all members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) are members of caucus. However, the caucus will decide what will happen at NEC meeting tomorrow (Thursday). But there is no divided opinion among the NWC members,” the source said.
The Acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yekini Nabena, did not answer his calls when Daily Hint  tried to make an enquiry about the outcome of the meeting.
However, it was gathered last night that those opposing the method were still very strong in their decision.
Sources said the opponents were wondering how the party would coordinate an election mode that would involve millions of party members across the country, considering the logistics involved at a time the party was just registering new members.
What Oshiomhole once said about direct primaries.
The APC National Chairman, while justifying the reason for direct primary for Osun State governorship election, said, “Regardless of who wins the primary, we hope that the rest of them will support the person to ensure that we do our best to retain the governance of Osun State. We have decided that in order to ensure popular participation, and to deepen democracy in Osun State, in line with the provision of our party constitution which allows for either direct or indirect primary, we have resolved that the governorship election primary in Osun state will be conducted on the basis of direct primary.
“What that means is that every card-carrying member of our party will participate in the process of nominating the flag bearer of the party. This for us, is the most democratic way to conduct election and is in line with what our critical stakeholders from that part of the country want and we are quite happy to oblige.
“The whole idea is that the more we allow our party members to participate in the process of nominating candidates, we will remove the issue of corruption or monetizing the processes of nominating aging candidates, in addition to the fact that party members will have a sense of ownership of the outcome of the exercise.

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State of Roads: Minister of state works Visits Gov. Buni

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State of Roads: Minister of State Works visits Gov. Buni

By Daily Hint, Abuja

His excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, the executive Governor of Yobe state, yesterday received in audience the Hon. Minister of State Works, Engr. Abubakar D Aliyu

The duo discussed the condition of federal roads in the state.

The Minister noted that the visit was to explore more partnership with the state government to attract more federal presence especially in the road sector.

“I am here to discuss with His Excellency the Governor, the condition of federal roads in the state”

“As an ambassador of the state in the Federal Executive Council, this is a home coming and in furtherance to our collective drive to strengthen the synergy between the state and federal governments” he said.

Governor Buni commended the minister for keeping in touch to complement the efforts of the state government through improvement of federal roads in the state.

“The visit is a good effort towards collective responsibility to discuss areas of intervention to enhance infrastructural development in the state” he said.

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Security: Gov. Buni Meets CG NSCDC

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By Daily Hint, Abuja

In continuation of his contact strategy to security chiefs to improve the security situation in Yobe state, His Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, has again met with the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp, Ahmed Abubakar Audi.

The Governor and the Commandant General deliberated on the renewed attacks and the need for improved strategy to check the attacks on the border communities.

He said, it has become worrisome that after enjoying relative peace across the state for some time, there is a renewed security breach which has displaced residents of Geidam and Kanama.

” We have to look inwards and work in synergy to check the attacks witnessed in recent times.

“The state government is ever ready to support the security agencies to succeed” Governor Buni said.

The governor earlier today met with the Chief of Army staff Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru.

It could be recalled that Governor Buni met the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Leo Iraboh last week on the security situation in the state.

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Gov. Buni Meets Chief Of Army Staff

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Gov. Buni meets Chief of Army Staff

By Daily Hint, Abuja

His Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, the Executive Governor of Yobe state and Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, has today met with the Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru to discuss the security situation in the state and possible ways forward.

Gov. Buni said the contact strategy was necessary to brief the security chiefs and to share ideas for a practical and lasting solution to the security challenge in the state.

He expressed the determination of his administration to support the security agencies in the collective fight against insurgency.

“There have been renewed attacks on our border communities, l have visited the Chief of Army staff to solicit for reinforcement and all the necessary support to protect the state.

“On our part, the state government will provide the necessary support and cooperation to the security agencies to improve the security situation in the state” Gov. Buni said.

He urged the communities to cooperate with the security operatives saying, “this is a collective responsibility and contribution to the war against insurgency”.

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