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Oshiomole is chasing people out of APC with his ‘agbero’ style of engagement – Oyegun

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A former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun, has lambasted the leadership of his successor and incumbent National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

He said Oshiomhole, who lacks the temperament and capacity to run a political party, is chasing people out of the APC with his ‘agbero’ style of engagement.

Odigie-Oyegun stated this in his response to a communique issued by the South-South APC State Chairmen, who blamed him for allegedly being the cause of conflicts within the party.

The Deputy National Chairman (North), Lawal Shuaibu, had in a May 28 letter, asked Oshiomhole to resign for allegedly running the APC like a private fiefdom.

He had alleged that many decisions attributed to the National Working Committee were personal decisions of the national chairman but imposed on the party without formal meeting.

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But in defence of Oshiomhole, the six state chairmen who asked Shuaibu to apologise to the national chairman within seven days, blamed Odigie-Oyegun for the troubles in the party.

They claimed that it was the problems created by Odigie-Oyegun, that fuelled the unfortunate situation.

However, in a statement by his Public Affairs Adviser, Ray Morphy, in Abuja on Sunday, Odigie-Oyegun said the claims of the state chairmen were “ludicrous and infantile.”

He described the statement as an attempt to justify the failings of the party under Oshiomhole.

He said,

“Oshiomhole fails because he lacks the temperament that is required to run a political party. He lacks the capacity to manage the different interests and tendencies that constitute a political party.

“He engages his mouth before engaging his mind, so he offends party members. So, how does that constitute traps by Oyegun, the erstwhile chairman?”

Odigie-Oyegun said Shuaibu in his letter had confirmed that Oshiomhole was running the party without recourse to the NWC.

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He added,

“He acts in direct opposite of decisions taken by NWC. No minutes of NWC meetings which, in any event, take place outside the party secretariat.

“How would you not have crises in states with the confusion that Oshiomhole created when he gave the states freedom to choose their methods of choosing candidates for elections?

“Much of the crisis in states arose out of sheer incapacity on the part of the current chairman. How does this Oshiomhole’s incapacity become traps by Oyegun?”

Giving reasons for the crisis in the party, Odigie-Oyegun said many party men were disappointed because of the unfairness and injustice meted to them during the primaries.

“Only a bad carpenter quarrels with his tools. Indeed Oshiomhole is degrading and demarketing the party. Rather than seek to bring more people on board, he is chasing people out of the party with his agbero style of engagement,” he added.

But reacting, the Akwa Ibom State APC Chairman, Ini Okopido, said the six South-South APC state chairmen issued the communique stating their position on the matter in order to save the party from disintegration.

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He said,

“Anybody that loves the party should be interested in strengthening it. Anybody who wants the success of the party and the government should believe in building a solid foundation.

“It is under that atmosphere that the party can bring dividends of democracy to Nigerians.”

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Don’t break govt seals on properties sealed for breaking laws- LASG

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The Lagos State Government says it will sanction property owners and developers that break the government’s seals on their properties sealed for breaching various physical planning laws.

Dr Idris Salako, the state Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, made the assertion at the ongoing Special Enforcement Operations, saying that the state would no longer tolerate such infractions.

Salako, in a statement signed by the Ministry’s Spokesman, Mr Mukaila Sanusi, gave the warning while directing the resealing of a commercial building on Lugard Avenue, Ikoyi, for various infractions of the construction code.

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He said that some unscrupulous developers were in the habit of breaking the government’s seals to continue construction overnight, thereby putting structures and people’s lives at risk.

“Those who are in the habit of breaking government seals should desist from such acts or face the full wrath of the law,” Salako said.

He advised developers to always secure Planning Permit from the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) and notify the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), prior to the commencement of any construction works.

The commissioner advised Lagos residents to support the government’s effort to curb the menace of illegal, and unapproved development, as he supervised the sealing of 52 additional unapproved structures in different parts of the state.

“Forty-one of these structures were sealed on Festac Link Road in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area.

“The remaining 11 structures were sealed in Ikoyi-Obalende Local Council Development Area and Eti-Osa Local Government Area, in locations such as Awolowo Road, Igbo Efon and Ikate Elegushi.

“I urge all Lagos people to be part of the vanguard to checkmate the menace of illegal building construction, by tipping-off the authorities when you discover any illegal development.

“It has been observed that some developers build overnight in order to circumvent procedure,” the commissioner said.

Other team members on the enforcement operation included the Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Development, Mr Ganiyu Ayuba; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr Foluso Dipe; General Manager, LASBCA, Mrs Biola Kosegbe; operatives of LASPPPA and the Special Operations Team of the Governor’s Office.

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JUST IN: Fire guts CBN branch in Gombe

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A raging inferno on Friday gutted a section of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Gombe branch destroying the office of the Branch Controller.

When the Nation visited the scene of the fire incident, the CBN staff were seen running for safety.

Our source say a number of staff members were injured in the incident but did not disclosed their identity even as he begged for anonimity.

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We also gathered that some of the injured staff and those who inhaled carbon monoxide have been rushed to the Federal Teaching Hospital Gombe for medical attention.

However, our source said the inferno did not extend to the vault and other important areas.

“So far no life was lost but due to the smoke, some were taken to the Federal Teaching Hospital Gombe for resuscitation. It majorly the office of the controller that was affected destroying documents but it didn’t extend to the vault,” the source stated.

Meanwhile a tweet by the Central Bank of Nigeria has denied loss of lives adding that the incident was caused by electrical fault.

“Today, a minor fire incident was reported at our Gombe branch. The fire which started from an electrical fault and partially destroyed some furniture in the Branch Controller’s office, was promptly put out. There was no injury and no record or other asset of the Bank was affected,” said the tweet

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NIS arrests kidnap suspect, murderer in Oyo

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The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Oyo State Command, on Friday arrested a 29-year-old, suspect, Lekan Raheem over alleged kidnapping and murder.

NIS Public Relations Officer (PRO), Olufemi Adetunji, disclosed this to newsmen at the Command’s office, Agodi-Gate, Ibadan, while handing over the suspect to the Oyo State Police Command.

Adetunji said that the suspect was arrested based on a tip-off from the Okada riders within the vicinity of the command’s office that the suspect has duped some of their members in time past.

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He added that the suspect was arrested based on this and later confessed to some other crimes.

“The suspect confessed that he not only involved in duping but also in Kidnapping and selling of human parts to ritualists.

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