President Muhammadu Buhari and other party leaders held a caucus meeting of the All Progressives Congress on Thursday night Abuja.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo also attended the meeting, which also had National Working Committee members and state governors participating.
It was held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The meeting was held preparatory to Friday’s (today) National Executive Council meeting of the APC.
The meeting was in progress as of 8.20pm last night.
Speaking after the meeting ended, Oshiomhole said the caucus meeting was like a “elders’ council”, where issues affecting the party in recent times were reviewed.
He said one of the issues was the performance of the part at this year’s general elections.
Oshiomhole also said next year’s budget and some disciplinary issues in the party were discussed.
“You know it’s a meeting of national caucus. Basically, it is just to review the performance in the last elections, current issues, next year’s budget, and disciplinary issues.
“You know caucus is like an elders’ council to speak on a lot of things that we will discuss at NEC tomorrow (friday).
He dismissed reports of being under pressure to convene the NEC meeting, saying that the date was fixed two months ago.
“There is no pressure. NEC meeting was scheduled like two months ago. We are just waiting for the day to come. It was fixed two months ago. And it is taking place tomorrow (today). Are you not aware of that?
“You are talking of what Mr Salihu Lukman (Director-General of Progressives Governors’ Forum) said. That is his opinion. Even before he said that, this meeting has been fixed. It is normal to hold a meeting. We have a NEC meeting to look at our financial statements for previous year, budget for next year, issues that arose during and after the elections, and current outcomes of various cases that went to court; the one we won and the one we lost; going forward; issues in some states where we have disagreements and how to resolve the disagreements.
“I think that is it. And it went very well. And you can see the president sat all through the meeting.”
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Barcelona icon, Xavi has reportedly agreed to replace Quique Setien as the new manager of the Spanish giants.
Setien, 61, has been under intense pressure since replacing Ernesto Valverde in January, and there are speculations that the club’s board have already decided to sack him in order to pave the way for Xavi.
According to Mundo Deportivo, a “firm agreement” has been finalized and it would see Barcelona pay Xavi, 40, a bumper £5.4million per year. He is expected to take up the reins at the end of the season.
The legendary Spanish midfielder, who joined the club at the age of 11, made 767 first-team appearances for Barcelona, scoring 85 goals with 182 assists. He also won eight league titles, four Champions Leagues and three Copas del Rey, as well as two Club World Cups.
Farmers lament as herdsmen take over farmlands in Enugu
Farmers in Ugbene Ajima community, Uzo-Uwani council area of Enugu State are living in a state of fear as herdsmen from the north have taken over their lands destroying their crops.
According to Vanguard, a farmer from the Enugu community who gave his name as Edward Ugwu said he lost over N500, 000 when herdsmen harvested his cassava to feed their cattle.
According to Ugwu, farmers are afraid to go to their farms in the community for fear of herders attack. He said there is the fear of famine in the community as most farmers have left their farms for fear of attacks.
Another farmer, Regina Iggah said she has not recovered from the shock since she was attacked on her farm. Iggah said her crops worth over N800, 000 were destroyed by herdsmen who allegedly invaded her farm with their cattle even as she appealed to the state and local governments to come to her rescue.
The traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Romanus Eze confirmed that he had been receiving a series of complaints from farmers over the destruction of their crops by herdsmen.
He said he and the council chairman, Chukwudi Nnadozie have been obeying the peace initiative of the state government to settle all farmers/herders issues amicably.
“The herdsmen problem is like a sucking mosquito on a man’s scrotum. If you hit it hard, you will severe the genitals. If you leave it there, it would suck your blood and invariably give you malaria.
“We have been advised by the governor to manage them peacefully. We normally engage the herdsmen in a peace talk and where they are culpable; we mandate them to pay for damages on people’s farms. Our forest guards and vigilante groups have been playing their roles to curtail these clashes,” the monarch said.
Strangely, some farmers equally alleged that certain persons collect money from the herders to allow them access into the community, an action that emboldens the herdsmen.
Ondo Government declares seven days mourning to honour late Commissioner for Health
The Ondo State government has described its late Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro as a General who died in the battlefront.
According to the State Government, Dr Adegbenro who died of COVID-19 complications died while healing others.
He was said to be battling underlying health complications before he contracted COVID-19
Meanwhile, the state government also declared Friday a work-free day in the state as well as seven days mourning where flags will be flown at half-mast in honour of Dr Adegbenro.
While describing the late Adegbenro who was the Chairman, Ondo State Inter-ministerial Committee Against COVID-19 as an embodiment of selflessness and relentless professionalism, the state government via a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Donald Ojogo said the late Health Commissioner served humanity with attendant kindness.
“The least we can do for this Medical Hero is to plant a seed of honour for him. Accordingly, the Ondo State Government has directed that all flags in the State must fly at half-mast for 7 Days from today Thursday, 2nd of July, 2020.
“Similarly, the Ondo State Government has declared tomorrow Friday 3rd July a work-free day to honour his memory as the family will commit his body to the mother earth. Governor Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN will in a short while, commiserate with the family of the deceased as well as the good people of Ondo State, virtually.”
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