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Buhari 2019: Image makers elected in Niger State

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The clamour for the re-election of Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari took a dramatic turn yesterday at Minna, Niger State capital with the election of three executives to man the election campaign come 2019.

That move by the APC has dispelled all doubts about the readiness of Nigeria’s No. 1 man to seek re-election in the next political dispensation.

SATELLITE TIMES correspondent reports that the inauguration was very successful with the emergence of three Nigerlites as National Executives.

Hon. Ismaila Ibrahim Suleiman and Hajiya Amina Alhassan Kuta were elected spokespersons, while Comrade Faruq Musa Mohammed emerged the State Co-ordinator.

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2019: Secret arrangement between APC and Jailed Senator Dariye

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Joshua Dariye in court

A source close to embattled Plateau Senator, Joshua Dariye has revealed the real reason why the convicted Senator picked a form to contest for a seat in the National Assembly in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.

The election form was posted on Facebook by Monday Shadrack Kopmut, a supporter of the convicted Senator and the news quickly filtered a number of media platforms.

Though the All Progressives Congress (APC) through its Spokesperson, Yekini Nabena said on Tuesday that the law governing Nigeria and that of its constitution forbids Mr Dariye, a convict from election, a source close to the Senator has revealed that there are secret plans to allow him run for a seat in the Upper Legislative Chamber.

Speaking to SATELLITE TIMES, the source who begged to remain anonymous revealed that Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong last week met with President Muhammadu Buhari on arrival from his trip to China to raise concerns over the forth coming elections.

Mr Lalong was said to have registered worries over the loss of popularity and the possibilities of losing Plateau State to its opposition if a resolute action was not taken.

Governor Lalong in a meeting with President Buhari

Governor Lalong in a meeting with President Buhari [Photo Credit: Punch Newspaper]

According to the source, the best alternative to regain the trust and mandate of the people of Plateau State would be to free the former Governor on bail and allow him to contest; adding that he (Dariye) enjoys significant support in the State.

SATELLITE TIMES sought official response via a telephone call to Mr Yekini Nabena, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to confirm if the party was aware of the alleged plot but the call was turned down. Mr. Yekini who said he was going to call back failed to do so, even with a follow up text message reminder.

Mr Dariye served as the governor of Plateau State from 1999 to 2007 and was later elected as the Senator representing Plateau Central Senatorial District in 2011 on the platform of the Labour Party (LP) and later moved to the APC in 2015.

Accused of diverting N1.126bn from Plateau Government’s ecological funds, a Federal Capital Territory High Court in June sentenced Mr Dariye to 14 years in prison.

The presiding judge, Justice Adebukola Banjoko, sentenced the former governor to two-year and 14-year jail terms to be served concurrently without an option of fine.

In 2007, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) found him guilty on 15 out of 23-count criminal charge bothering on money laundering. The former governor was said to have operated Ebenezer Reitner Ventures, an unregistered company through which he diverted the said funds.

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2019: Bauchi Governor, Mohammed Abubakar forced Yakubu Dogara to defect

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The ongoing rift between the Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar has forced the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara to defect from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mr Dogara on Wednesday picked the nomination form on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to return to the House of Representative.

News of Mr Dogara’s defection came in the heat of massive support from members of his constituency who thronged his Abuja residence, demanding the Speaker to re-contest.

Addressing hundreds of his constituents on Tuesday, the Speaker said he was already contemplating stepping aside, having represented his constituency (Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa) for almost 12 years.

Sources close to Mr Dogara however told SATELLITE TIMES that one of the reasons for his defection could be traced to the ‘bad blood’ between the Speaker and the incumbent Governor of the State, adding that he (Dogara) was not comfortable with the nature of direct/indirect primaries planned by the Bauchi APC.

About 50 buses on Tuesday stormed the Speaker’s Maitama residence and pledged their unwavering support for him irrespective of his next political party or affiliation.

Overwhelmed by the show of support, the Speaker said he never imagined to see the mammoth crowd that came out in solidarity.

Mr Dogara’s defection has corroborated rumours of his planned defection, thereby making him a chieftain of the opposition party.

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2019: APC adopts direct primary for presidential ticket, indirect for states

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The National Executive Committee of the All Progressives congress (APC) has decided to adopt direct primary to select its presidential candidate.

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to pick the party’s presidential ticket for the 2019 elections as he has no major challenger.

The APC, however, declined to adopt direct primaries for other positions.

Direct primaries involves the participation of all party members in the selection of party candidates while indirect primaries involves use of delegates, often party leaders at local levels and political appointees as well as elected officials, to elect party candidates.

The Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, made these known while addressing journalists at the end of the NEC meeting on Thursday afternoon.

The governor said states will continue with indirect primaries except when an issue of importance arises.

The decision to adopt indirect primaries may anger some of the party’s senators, some of whom have said they would leave if such decision is taken. Many senators fear governors who control the party structure in their states would determine eventual candidates if indirect primary method is adopted.

Mr Lalong said the meeting was anchored on three main points; guidelines for election, mode of election and funding.

He also noted that the APC NEC emphasised the need for unity following the gale of defection experienced.

The APC NEC meeting was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, his deputy Yemi Osinbajo, many governors and others.

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