Why Shittu, Mama Taraba were dis­qual­i­fied – Osh­iom­hole

Weekly Trust - - New - Muideen Olaniyi

The Na­tional Chair­man of the rul­ing All Pro­gres­sives Con­gress (APC), Com­rade Adams Osh­iom­hole, yes­ter­day spoke on the rea­sons why the Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Barr. Ade­bayo Shittu, and his coun­ter­part in the Min­istry of Women Af­fairs, Ha­jiya Aisha Alhassan, were dis­qual­i­fied.

Osh­iom­hole said Shittu’s ad­mit­tance that he didn’t par­tic­i­pate in the com­pul­sory Na­tional Youth Ser­vice Corps (NYSC) scheme was suf­fi­cient to dis­qual­ify him. He said the min­is­ter’s ar­gu­ment that his records as a former mem­ber of the State House of Assem­bly and the cur­rent po­si­tion were enough as a sac­ri­fice was not ten­able, stat­ing that non-par­tic­i­pa­tion is a moral and le­gal is­sue.

On the case of Ha­jiya Alhassan, the APC na­tional chair­man said the party had is­sues with her loy­alty, fol­low­ing the past un­com­pli­men­tary re­marks on one of the pres­i­den­tial as­pi­rants. He said the party took the de­ci­sion af­ter a thor­ough re­view of her com­ments and gen­eral at­ti­tude, adding that party loy­alty is a must in the APC con­sti­tu­tion.

Field­ing ques­tions on the case of Se­nate Pres­i­dent Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dog­ara of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, the former gov­er­nor of Edo State said the APC would not ac­cept a sit­u­a­tion whereby mem­bers of the mi­nor­ity would lead ma­jor­ity party in the Na­tional Assem­bly.

On the con­tro­versy over the Elec­toral Act, Osh­iom­hole said Saraki and his co­horts put a clause in the Act that would move the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions close to the han­dover day to en­able them ne­go­ti­ate good terms with the op­po­si­tion Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) be­fore tak­ing a fi­nal de­ci­sion on de­fec­tion.

Borno Gov­er­nor, Kashim Shet­tima (ex­treme right) lined up in the midst of hun­dreds of card-car­ry­ing mem­bers of the APC at his Lamisula Jab­ba­mari Ward on Fri­day in Maiduguri, where he took part in the party’s di­rect pres­i­den­tial pri­maries, which held across

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