Six national chairmanship aspirants in the All Progressives Congress, APC chairmanship race have stepped down for Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, adjudged the preferred candidate of the party’s leadership for the position.
Mr Adamu had been endorsed by President Muhammadu Buhari after series of meetings with governors of the party in the build up to national convention.
This was stated in a letter addressed to the Chairman, APC Election Sub-Committee and signed by one of the aspirants, Sen. George Akume, made available to newsmen on Saturday in Abuja.
The letter reads: “May I kindly refer to the appeal by President Muhammadu Buhari for the chairmanship aspirants of our great party to agree to a consensus arrangement wherein our colleague Sen. Abdullahi Adamu is made our consensus candidate for the chairmanship position,” said Akume.
He forwarded letters of withdrawal from Sen. Tanko Al-Makura, Sen. George Akume, Abdulaziz Yari, Sen. Sani Musa Muhammed, Etsu Muhammed and Malam Saliu Mustapha.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the APC had earlier in a tweet, said no fewer than 7, 584 delegates would vote at the convention.
Gov. Abudullahi Sule of Nasarawa State had earlier hinted that President Buhari had appealed that the party should come up with a consensus candidate to ensure a peaceful and rancour-free convention.
Mr Sule, chairman APC Sub-Committee on Media and Publicity for the National Convention, said the decision followed President Buhari’s appealed for a consensus candidate.
He said the party’s leadership might refund money paid by aspirants for the purchase of Expression of Interest and Nomination forms after the emergence of consensus candidate.
“This was an appeal made by Buhari to show leadership; he said once we agreed on the consensus, it is only fair that what they paid to purchase the forms be returned to them.
“That is his request, and I am telling you, his request will be honoured, because we know he is doing it sincerely for the benefit of the party.
“It was a request actually made by the president to the leadership of the party and the leadership were there, so, I will say that the leadership of the party also agreed,” Mr Sule had said.
The APC chairmanship aspirants paid N20 million each to purchase the party’s Expression of Interest and Nomination forms to contest the position zoned to the North-Central by its leadership.
NAN reports that the APC National Convention is a climax of activities which started with Wards, Local Government and State Congresses.
Sixty-five National Working Committee, NWC, members are expected to be elected at the convention, including 21 NWC members and 45 non NWC members.
The party’s affairs until now, was being managed by the Gov. Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee, CECPC, whose tenure comes to an end after the convention.
Gunmen invade home of Imo traditional ruler, six killed
Gunmen on Monday launched another attack on the palace of Emmanuel Okeke, Imo state chairman of the council of traditional rulers.
Okeke is the traditional ruler of Amaifeke autonomous community in Orlu LGA and the chairman of traditional rulers in the 27 LGAs in Imo state.
The development comes months after a similar attack on the palace.
In January 2022, an attempt to set the palace ablaze was foiled by security operatives, in collaboration with local vigilante members in the area.
Michael Abattam, Imo police spokesperson who confirmed the incident said said the gunmen were sighted in three Hilux vehicles shooting sporadically and going towards the monarch’s residence.
“On receipt of the information, the Command’s Tactical Team joined by the military immediately mobilised and rushed to the palace,” the statement reads.
“On their way, the hoodlums on sighting the combined team engaged them in a gun duel, throwing petrol bombs. The gallant team responded, positioning themselves professionally.
“In the exchange of gun fire that ensued, the hoodlums were overwhelmed due to the superior fire-power of the combined team and in the process, six of the hoodlums were neutralised, while others escaped with various degrees of gunshot injuries.”
The police also said items recovered included “one pump action gun, three blood-stained cutlasses and three Hilux vehicles suspected to have been snatched from innocent citizens”.
Abattam said calm has been restored in the area, adding that aside from one of the police vehicles that got burnt due to the fire from a petrol bomb, no security operative was killed, TheCable reported.
The Imo police command also said efforts are ongoing to arrest other members of the gang, while security in Orlu and its environs have been beefed up to forestall any further attack in the area.
While commending officers for their gallantry, Mohammed Ahmed, Imo commissioner of police, urged them not to relent in their efforts until all criminal elements and their cohorts are made to face the full wrath of the law.
He also thanked Imo people for their constant support and advised them to always assist the police and other security agencies in the state with credible and timely information.
Ahmed also urged Imo residents to go about their lawful businesses “without fear of any molestation as security agencies are working assiduously in synergy to ensure the safety of lives and properties in the state.”
Soaring food prices, fuel scarcity push inflation rate to 16.82%
NIGERIA’S inflation rose to 16.82per cent in April 2022, following a similar uptick recorded in the previous month as a result of the increase in energy and food prices.
This represents the highest rate recorded since August 2021 (highest in eight months). The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in its Consumer Price Index (CPI) report released on Monday noted that on a month-on-month basis, the headline index increased by 1.76 per cent in April 2022, compared to 1.74 per cent increase recorded in the previous month.
The consumer price index, which measures the rate of inflation rose by 16.82 per cent year-on-year in April 2022, which is 0.9 per cent points higher than the 15.92 per cent recorded in the previous month (March 2022).
Similarly, the urban inflation rate increased to 17.35 per cent (year-on-year) in April 2022 from 18.68per cent recorded in April 2021, while the rural inflation rate increased to 16.32per cent in April 2022 from 17.57per cent in April 2021.
The NBS report showed that food inflation rose to 18.37per cent in the review month, an increase compared to the 17.2 per cent recorded in the preceding month.
“This rise in the food index was caused by increases in the prices of Bread and cereals, Food products, Potatoes, yam, and other tubers, Wine, Fish, Meat, and Oils,” it stated.
On a month-on-month basis according to the statistics office, the food sub-index increased to two per cent in April 2022, up by 0.01 percentage points from 1.99 per cent recorded in March 2022. Also, the average annual rate of change of the Food sub-index for the 12-month period ending April 2022 over the previous 12-month average is 18.88per cent, 0.34 percentage points from the average annual rate of change recorded in March 2022 (19.21) per cent.
In the same vein, the core inflation rate rose to 14.18 per cent in April 2022 from 13.91 per cent recorded in the previous month.
The rise in the core index was attributed to the increase in the prices of gas, liquid fuel, Cleaning, repair and hire of clothing, clothing materials, other articles of clothing, and clothing accessories.
The average 12-month annual rate of change of the index was 13.68 per cent for the twelve-month period ending April 2022; this is 0.12 per cent points higher than the 13.56per cent recorded as of the previous month.
According to the NBS, in April 2022, all items inflation on a year-on-year basis was highest in Bauchi (18.93per cent), Ebonyi (18.88 per cent), and Akwa Ibom (18.80 per cent), while Sokoto (14.65per cent), Kwara (15.33per cent) and Kaduna (15.69 per cent) recorded the slowest rise in headline Year on Year inflation.
In terms of food inflation, Kogi recorded the highest year-on-year increase in the food index with 22.79per cent in April 2022, Kwara State followed with 21.56 per cent, and Ebonyi (21.45 per cent), while Sokoto (14.85 per cent), Kaduna (15.55 per cent) and Anambra (16.68 per cent) recorded the slowest rise in year-on-year food inflation.