President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, August 7, urged the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC); to ensure victory in the upcoming governorship elections in Edo State; while avoiding the mistakes that rocked the party in Rivers, Zamfara and Bayelsa states in the 2019 elections.
He also urged the party leaders and campaign team to do all that was necessary; by following legal and constitutional means to win the September 19 governorship election in Edo State.
Buhari made this appeal when he hosted the APC governorship candidate in Edo State, Osagie Ize-Iyamu alongside the chairman of the party’s caretaker committee, Mai Mala Buni.
The Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, and his Kano State counterpart, Abdullahi Ganduje also accompanied the APC candidate to the State House.
With the resolution of the “acute crisis’’ in the party in Edo, Buhari said he was optimistic; that the party would regain “its pride of place by winning elections and serving the people.”
The president urged party leaders at the national and state levels; to follow the electoral process in an open and transparent manner.
He said: “What I want is a transparent process so that the confidence of the people will be strengthened.”
Buhari congratulated Ize-Iyamu on his emergence as the party’s candidate in Edo after a “turbulent process,” and assured him of his full support.
Earlier in his remarks, Buni, who presented the candidate, told the president that “Pastor Ize-Iyamu is a seasoned grassroots politician, who is loved by his people.”
He noted that President Buhari’s blessings on the candidate had further validated the party’s confidence in the election.
He added that all the APC governors are fully behind Ize-Iyamu’s candidature.
Meanwhile, the national leadership of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Friday, August 7, ordered petroleum tanker drivers to withdraw their services from Lagos from Monday, August 10.
This was contained in a communique issued by NUPENG on Friday; and this comes on the heels of a failure to address three major issues; causing tanker drivers pains in the state for months.
The statement titled “NUPENG leadership directs withdrawal of services by petroleum tanker drivers in Lagos State with effect from Monday, August 10, 2020”, was signed by National President Williams Akporeha and General Secretary, Olawale Afolabi.
It reads, “The entire rank and file members of the union are deeply pained; frustrated and agonized by the barrage of these challenges being consistently faced by petroleum tanker drivers in Lagos State; and are left with no other option; but to direct the withdrawal of their services in Lagos State; until the Lagos State Government; and other relevant stakeholders address these critical challenges.
“It is sad and disheartening to note here that we had made several appeals and reports to the Lagos State Government; and the Presidential Task Force for the decongestion of Apapa on these challenges but all to no avail.”