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Salihu Moh Lukman, the Director-General of the Progressive Governors ’Forum (PGF), has told the National Chairman of the All Progressives (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to convene a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the party or resign without further ado.

Lukman’s call came on the heel of the multiple internal crises rocking the party in states across the country.

There has also been a power tussle between Oshiomhole and his successor, Godwin Obaseki, which Lukman described as embarrassing to the ruling party.

In a statement he personally signed and made available to reporters on Wednesday, Lukman said the National Working Committee (NWC), an administrative organ of the party, including just a select members of the NEC and tasked with the responsibility of executing decisions of the NEC, had hijacked the responsibilities of the apex decision-making organ of the party, the NEC, which he said seemed to have been suspended.

In the statement he entitled ‘APC and our Inconceivable Organisational Challenges: Urgent Call to our Leaders,’ he noted that many of the crises facing the party in the state, many of which had cost the party in some states hitherto considered as its stronghold states, are those that the NEC or National Caucus meeting of the party is designed to sort out.

The statement added, “Side by side with the news of the of no confidence was also the discomforting of the Federal High Court judgment in Abuja disqualifying Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo as our Deputy Governorship candidate for the November 16, , Bayelsa .

“While expecting that every necessary step will be taken to vacate the judgment, it is very depressing for every committed party member to be subjected to such ignominious reality, which only reminds us of our reckless conducts in states like Zamfara, Rivers, Bauchi and Adamawa, which chiefly gave away electoral victories to PDP.

“Instead of focusing on working to win elections, we are busy undermining ourselves. All these are ominous signs that we are about to re-enact the Zamfara, Rivers, Bauchi and Adamawa experiences in Bayelsa.

“It is Bayelsa today, Anambra, Edo, and Ondo are being set up for similar experiences. Somehow, unfortunately, the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party, which is the organ vested with the statutory responsibility of responding to all these challenges appear to be suspended.

“The last time it met was August 2018. In its place, the National Working Committee (NWC), which is an administrative organ with the responsibility of implementing decisions of NEC and other higher organs seems to have usurped the powers of NEC.”

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COVID-19: Buhari orders prompt payment of salaries

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COVID-19: Buhari orders prompt payment of salaries PRESIDENT BUHARI METS CORONAVIRUS COMMITTEE ON THE ECONOMY A 1140x570 1

President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning to ensure that Nigerian civil servants get their salaries paid promptly.

The President gave the directive on Thursday during a meeting with members of the Presidential Committee on the review of the Impact of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic on the Economy, held at the State House, Abuja.

Recapping details of the meeting to State House Correspondents after the meeting, Chairman of the Committee and Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, also said the President further directed that measures to protect the poor and the vulnerable are put in place.

She said the committee met with the President to update him on the developments instigated by the COVID-19 Pandemic globally and how much effect it has had on the nation’s economy.

Speaking on the directives to issued at the meeting, she said besides ensuring prompt payment of civil servants’ salaries, she said the President ordered the protection of critical national assets.

“Well, he has directed that we should make sure that salaries are paid, make critical infrastructures like roads, rails are protected, as much as possible use local inputs so that we retain value within our economy. And also make sure that we have measures that protect the poor and the vulnerable.”

“This meeting was just to brief Mr. President as the situation we are in keeps evolving on a daily basis. As the health crisis gradually expands, affecting states and also the lockdown that has been ordered to help curtail expansion of the health crisis.

“The consequences of the lockdown is the additional slowing down of the economy and the measures that we need to take to mitigate the negative consequences of the slow trade and businesses”, she said.

Another member of the committee, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, said the Committee had cause to meet with the President to keep him abreast of developments around the economy and the worsening fortunes at the international oil market.

Also speaking, another member of the committee, the of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele, said the committee had met with the President to suggest ways to redirect the economy so as to get it insulated against approaching global economic recession.

“The global economy naturally like we all know at this time will naturally suffer growth problems and may even lead to recession globally. So we are trying to see what we can do as a country to rescue our own situation so we don’t go the direction many will go.

“It is not going to be easy but we can only assure our people that we are on top of it and that we will resolve it and Nigerians will still be better for it”, he said.

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PRESIDENT BUHARI MEETS CORONAVIRUS COMMITTEE ON THE ECONOMY A.  President Muhammadu Buhari receives briefing from the Minister of Finance, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, CBN , Mr. Godwin Emefiele, Minister of State Petroleum Resoucres, High Chief Temipire Sylva and GMD NNPC, Mele Kyari during a meeting with the Presidential Committee to Review the Impact of Coronavirus on the Economy held at the State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. APRIL 2 2020
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PRESIDENT BUHARI METS CORONAVIRUS COMMITTEE ON THE ECONOMY B.  President Muhammadu Buhari receives briefing from the Minister of Finance, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed during a meeting with the Presidential Committee to Review the Impact of Coronavirus on the Economy held at the State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. APRIL 2 2020
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PRESIDENT BUHARI METS CORONAVIRUS COMMITTEE ON THE ECONOMY 2. The Minister of Finance, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, accompanied by The CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, GMD NNPC, Mr Mele Kyari and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipire Sylva after the meeting with the President by the Presidential Committee to Review the Imapct of Coronavirus on the Economy held at the State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. APRIL 2 2020
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PRESIDENT BUHARI METS CORONAVIRUS COMMITTEE ON THE ECONOMY 1A&B. President Muhammadu Buhari after the meeting with the President by the Presidential Committee to Review the Imapct of Coronavirus on the Economy held at the State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. APRIL 2 2020

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