We’ll re-position ACN in FCT – Osuma
DETERMINED to improve on its political fortunes in the 2011 polls, the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, held its state congresses, weekend, across the country. Aside pockets of protests and postponement in few locations, the exercise went well with the new executive committees promising to deliver their states in the coming elections.
The newly elected Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Chairman, Mr Faruk Osuma has vowed to re-position the party within the next three months.
Osuma told reporters after winning the FCT congress that his “ major challenge is to see how we can re_position the party in the next three months and create an impact in the next general elections.”
“Already we have started a massive re_engineering of all areas that we had shortcomings this. I hope to capitalise on this to put the party in a higher pedestal in this part of the country.”
Osuma emerged winner after defeating three other candidates polling 210 votes out of the 282 votes cast.
Officers emerge unopposed in Plateau
In Jos, all the officers emerged unopposed but their election was affirmed through voice voting by delegates.
The former State Chairman, Chief Amos Gizo, who until now was acting in a caretaker capacity, was re-elected for a four year term with Hon J.D Haruna emerging as the deputy state chairman.
Speaking, Gizo stated that the peaceful congress was a proof of the party’s ability to bring peace back to Plateau State, if elected. He was full of optimism to lead a team of experienced politicians in their race to take over the 17 local government councils in the state.
Other officers include, Hon Nantim Gigai (secretary), Gambo Nbilamut (public relations officer), Bar. Gabriel Sahen (legal adviser) and Micah Fordamis (state auditor). Others are Simon John (assistant organizing secretary), Musa Z. Philip, (zonal chairman, central zone), Parson Dalyop (treasurer), Nde Lar (assistant welfare officer), Innocent Maimagani (youth leader) and Kabiru Dankabiru (ex-officio).
ABIA State chapter of Action Congress of Nigeria held its congress at the Eastern Comfort Hotel, Umuahia and elected new leaders for the next four years.
Chief Agwu Uke was electedchairman while Chief Uche Kanu emerged as deputy chairman.
The position of secretary which was the most keenly contested was won by Mr. Innocent Ahaoma Omeonu who scored 223 votes to beat two other contestants. The election was witnessed by a team of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC officials.
Sokoto ACN adopts consensus approach
In Sokoto State, delegates from the 23 local governments were called out to ratify the 37 officers elected by consensus.
Among those ratified at the congress mid-wived by Alh. Akilu Dalhatu were Alhaji Ibrahim Milgoma (Chairman), Alh. Usman Dan Madami (Deputy Chairman I),
Alh Ahmed Muhammad Tangaza (Deputy Chairman II); Alh Muhammadu S. Arewa (Deputy Chairman III) and Alh Attahiru Muhammad (Secretary).
Speaking after the ratification, Milgoma said that the executives were elected by consensus based on the confidence reposed in them, adding that they would lead the state to success at the coming polls.
Alh. Marwana Mohammed Imam and Mrs. Margaret Beloba represented the party headquarters.
Oyo: Peaceful exercise as Adesina alleges arms build up
THE state congress of the Action Congress of Nigeria in Ibadan, Oyo State was held in a peaceful atmosphere with the full participation of all governorship aspirants in the state.
Contrary to reports by a national newspaper that one of the aspirants, Dr. Adebayo Adewusi had decided to boycott the congress, Adewusi was at the event.
The governorship aspirants in attendance included Chief Olufemi Lanlehin, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Dr. Adebayo Adewusi, Prof. Wale Oyemakinde, Mr. Soji Akanbi and others.
Though, the congress which was fixed for 10am started two hours behind schedule, it was hitch-free from the beginning to the end as the former State Secretary of the party, Mr. Dele Akinleye called all the nominees for each position with 1,053 local government delegates chorusing ‘yes’ in support.
All the officers were elected unopposed with the representative of the INEC, Mr. Kunle Folami monitoring the process.
Some of the new state executives of the party are Mr. Solomon Akintola Oke (Chairman), Isiaka Alimi (deputy chairman), Mr. Wasiu Olatunbosun (Secretary), Mr. Olabisi Olatunji (treasurer), Mr. Francis Babalola (auditor) and Mr. Soji Olabiyi (legal officer) among others.
Speaking at the event, the State leader of the party, Alh Lamidi Adesina said he felt ashamed to see the Olubadan Stadium, the venue of the congress in such a state of disrepair.
He used the occasion to restate that the incumbent governor of the state, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala had stored four Armoured Personnel Carrier, APC behind the Presidential lodge of the Government House wondering why the governor was keeping the weapons of war for himself instead of giving them out to security agencies.
According to Adesina, the weapons were initially kept behind the presidential lodge but have now been moved to somewhere in Oke_ogun area of the state.
He also repeated that the allegation that the governor had sewn police uniform and urged security agents to investigate the allegations.
He also criticised the government for selling off some government quarters built by the colonial government and Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
Responding to the allegations, Special Adviser to Governor Christopher Alao_Akala on Public Communication, Prince Dotun Oyelade, dismissed them with a wave of the hand.
He said none of the previous governors could match the achievements recorded by Akala and urged the citizenry “to ignore this baseless alarm raised by the former governor.”
Earlier, many representatives from all the zones in the state spoke and threatened to deal decisively with anybody who planned to rig the election in 2011.
There was heavy security presence at the venue of the congress.
Protests in Ekiti
Protests marred the congress in Ekiti State with a call by the aggrieved members of the party on the INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega to reject the outcome of the exercise.
Some of the party men who spoke toVanguard in Ado Ekiti condemned the adoption of non- elective method for selection of the excos. They alleged some delegates were locked out by security operators on the orders of the executive of the party at the Palatial Adetiloye Trade Fair Complex, venue of the congress
The Congress could have been disrupted by hoodlums and political thugs but for the quick intervention of a combined forces of the men of the Nigeria Police, Department of State Security Service (SSS) and Civil Defence Corps.
Chiefs Folorunso Alake Osuolale Oyeniyan and Hon Dada Adepoju, who expressed disgust over the manner the congress was conducted, vowed to challenge the outcome of the Congress in Court, saying it was a flagrant erosion of the internal democracy, which the ACN stood for.
They argued that the INEC had earlier warned against the mutilation of internal democracy in any party, saying the Commission should reject the outcome of the exercise.
They further threatened to petition INEC if the right thing was not done on the matter and urged
Governor Kayode Fayemi to call the State Chairman to order, so that the integrity and unity of the party would not be tampered with.
Chief Jide Awe, who though was not available for comment as at the time of filing this report, had placed an advertorial in all the broadcasting stations based in the state as well as Adaba FM, a private Radio Station based in Akure, On do State that those that who were not eligible to vote would not be allowed into the venue of the congress.
In Kano too
The ACN nationwide state congress also did not hold in Kano due hitches in the earlier delegate election that was to lay ground for the weekend exercise.
The state Organizing Secretary of the party, Alh AbdulRahaman Baffa Yola told Vanguard that security agencies had advised them to shift the local government congress last week against the backdrop of other political activities in the state. Yola stated that the leadership of the party was compelled to adopt the ‘compromise status’ in the light of security issue.
Delta records full house
The ACN state exercise recorded a full house in Delta with all the who-is-who in the party attending the peaceful that produced Chief Adolo Okotie-Eboh as Chairman.
Speaking at the congress, Mr Reti Uzzi said the party would reshape the fortune of Nigeria and hoped that the party would produce the next governor of the state.
Also speaking, the Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District in the Senate, Prof Adego Eferakeya said the party was known for its transparency and told the people to uphold the dignity of the party.
Those elected included Elder Onwukalie (Deputy Chairman), Chief Austin Uloho (Vice Chairman, Central), Ebeye James (Vice Chairman, North), Engr Goodnews Agbi (vice chairman, South), Mr Jaro Egbo (Secretary), Okonji Chidi (Assistant Secretary), Okwuazu Augustine (Treasurer), Kess Jumbo (Assistant Treasurer), James Onakpoma (Financial Secretary) and Forteta Wilfred Patrick (Assistant Financial Secretary). Others include Frank Eghonim (Publicity Secretary).
Unuezi Enakemo (Assistant Publicity Secretary), Onovae John Emeuah (legal Adviser), Mrs Patience Emore (Assistant Legal Adviser), Oyen Solomon (Welfare Officer), Chief Patrick Atsiangbe (Assistant Welfare Officer), Chief Umunadi Samuel (Organizing Secretary), Mrs Nora Larry (Assistant Organizing Secretary), Okonmah Edward (Auditor), Afam Nwaize (Assistant Auditor), Mr Missan Okubenje (Youth Leader) and Annette Oshodi (Woman Leader).
In his acceptance speech, Okotie_Eboh, who recently decamped from the PDP, pledged to work in harmony with his executive members in consultation with all stakeholders of the party to raise the fortune of the party in the state.