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2023: Torrent defection to APC is recognition of Buhari’s developmental strides – Akume

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The Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, Sen. George Akume, has declared that the membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will continue to swell due to developmental strides of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Akume stated this Tuesday in Igbor, a community in Gwer Local Government Area, Benue, during the pronouncement of Amb. Yonov Agah, the Director-General, Nigerian Office of Trade Negotiation Council and a hundred others, to be a member of APC.

The Minister said Buhari had performed creditably and as such, people who were not interested in politics were coming out en-masse to join the party.

He further said that the APC was also harvesting members of other political parties who kept defecting on daily basis.

“We will be going to Daudu in Guma Local Government Area of Benue for a defection ceremony immediately after my speech here.

“We attribute the massive defections to the developmental strides of Buhari’s administration,” Akume said.

He listed some of the infrastructural development of Buhari’s administration in Benue to include the Makurdi-Abuja dual carriage way, Adoka-Naka-Makurdi road and the Child and Maternal Hospital, Makurdi, among others.

He further assured the new entrants into the party of equal opportunities, regardless of the time they came to the party.

Meanwhile, Agah, who is a former Director, World Trade Organisation (WTO), said he did not join the party to vie for any political position, but to join forces with Akume to liberate, emancipate and develop Benue.

He urged the electorate to vote for the APC in the forthcoming 2023 general elections, stressing that it was the only party that could help them to realise their dreams.

Earlier, the guest speaker, Mike Iordye, called on all and sundry to support the party for the overall good of the society.

Iordye said APC was well-known for development and its policies were people-driven.

The chairman of the occasion, Terfa Ityav, who was represented by Hingah Biem, and the chairperson of the occasion, Helen Bendega, appreciated Agah and others for joining the party.

The Gwer Local Government Chairman, John Shom, said that as the events were unfolding in favour of the party, it was a clear indication that it would be victorious during the 2023 general elections.

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2023: Buhari’s aide, Ita Enang resigns to join governorship race

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The Presidential Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang, has resigned his appointment to join the Akwa Ibom governorship race.

In his resignation letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, which was made available to journalists by his Chief Press Secretary, Edet Ekpenyong, Enang, thanked the President ‘’for the opportunities to serve which I, and my family shall forever treasure”.

The letter reads in part: “And the time has come. I intend to contest for the Governorship of Akwa Ibom State on the platform of our party, The APC for which I now seek nomination, having purchased and submitted the Nomination and Expression of interest form.

‘’I hereby formally tender my resignation from office, to pursue Gubernatorial electoral cause.

“I in August 2015, upon your Inauguration, Your Excellency graciously appointed me as the Senior Special Assistant to The President on National Assembly matters – Senate & Presidential Liaison to the National Assembly.

“I served in this capacity managing what turned out to be the toughest Executive – Legislative Liaison assignment in the Nation’s democratic History.

‘’I served beyond your first term into your second term, working with the Party Leadership to elect the current Senate presiding officers in accordance with the desire of the Party, managing the screening and clearance of your second term ministers among others, which has given your second term administration greater stability and peace with the Legislature.

‘’You graciously re-appointed me as Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs in August 2019, serving till date”.

 

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APC clears 12 Benue aspirants for guber primaries

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The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has cleared 12 Benue aspirants, ahead of the Friday governorship primary election in the state.

The state APC Publicity Secretary, Dan Morgan-Ihomun announced this when he spoke with newsmen Monday in Makurdi, the capital city.

He promised that there would be no manipulations at the governorship primaries, saying that all aspirants would be given a level playing field.

“There will be a level playing field for every aspirant in order to elect the best candidate.

“It is the delegates that will elect who will be our candidate for the 2023 governorship election.

“We do not have a preferred candidate, whoever they elect for our party he will be acceptable,” Ihomun said.

He said that about 1, 517 delegates would take part in the Friday primaries.

The aspirants cleared included, former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Michael Aondoakaa, Terwase Orbunde, former Chief of Staff to Gov. Samuel Ortom and Herman Hembe.

Others were: Sam Ode, Chief Steven Lawani, Mathias Byuan, Chief Barnabas Gemade and Prof. Terhemba Shija.

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