Strike: ASUU set to hold NEC meeting Sunday

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will hold its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Sunday to appraise the ongoing strike “to know the next line of action to take.”

The president of the union, Emmanuel Osodeke, a professor of soil science, who confirmed this to our reporter on the phone on Saturday, however, failed to give the details of the scheduled meeting.

However, a source among the NEC members, who does not want to be quoted to avoid sanctions, said the meeting would hold in Abuja.
Source – Premium Times



Wike demands disciplinary action against Edo Deputy Gov, Shaibu

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike on Saturday took a swipe at the Deputy Governor of Edo State for allegedly speaking in an uncanny manner against the PDP.

The governor disclosed that he had written a letter to the National Chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu, demanding disciplinary action against the Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shuaibu, for his remarks against PDP.

Wike said he gave reasons to Ayu why a disciplinary committee needed to be set up against the deputy governor, who lost his ward in the last election.

He said: “This is the thing I am talking about impunity. I was watching when a deputy governor was ranting in the media, threatening the party that there is an alternative to PDP.

“This is the same deputy governor who knelt down to beg for us to give them an umbrella. Today, he has the effrontery to threaten PDP.”
Source – The Nation



I’ve No Plans to Scuttle APC Convention, Orji Kalu Replies ex-PGF Scribe

The Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, has described as unfortunate, allegations against him by the former director general of the Progressives Governors Forum.Dr. Salihu Lukman.

The erstwhile PGF scribe had in a statement credited to him, alleged that Kalu and some party leaders were working with the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Mai Mala Buni to undermine the March 26 national convention of the party.

The former governor of Abia State, however,  in a statement personally signed by him in Abuja, on Saturday, said Lukman’s accusations against him was far from the truth.

Part of Kalu’s statement read, “I have read the unfortunate accusations leveled against me by a former Director-General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Dr. Salihu Lukman .

In a statement credited to Lukman , he specifically noted  that “there are other party leaders, including Sen Uzor Kalu who have actively supported His Excellency Mai Mala to undermine the decision to organise the National Convention of the party.

“It is on this note that I consider it necessary to correct the wrong impressions Lukman must be making efforts to create.

“There has been no time I participated in any collaboration or collusion to ensure that attempts to organise the APC National Convention are blocked.

“It will be recalled that on December 15, 2021 , I made an appeal to the party and the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee members to consider postponing the national convention earlier slated for February.

“I had warned that holding the convention in February without sorting out the minor disagreements that arose during the Congress would lead to implosion .

“I was worried that , the creation of factions which  denied the party victory in so many states in the past elections may repeat itself. I therefore called  for a peaceful resolution of the crisis before holding the Convention. No  peaceful and tactful leader, would support a terrible scenario to reoccur.

“It is important to note that I have always stood for and supported the party and Gov Mai Mala Buni only  happened to be the Chairman of the  party.

“Aside serving as the Chairman of the party. Buni is my old family friend and I cannot deny him because he is facing challenges today. We have been friends and family for the past 25 years  .

”It  is imperative to state that Buni has done very well for the party . His sterling leadership quality is what helped stabilise our great party across the six geopolitical zones, with high profile defections in our favour .

“In this time of challenge and misunderstandings, I am calling on the party leaders and stakeholders to guard  their utterances to avoid creating more disharmony . Even in a nuclear family, disagreements and quarrels exist .

“The APC is a very big party with several caucuses . We have the Governors, National Assembly,  Businessmen , Youths and Women among other caucuses.

“The directions and concerns of these caucuses should be taken into consideration at all times .

“Going forward, whether it is Gov Mai Mala Buni  or  Gov Abubakar Sani Bello, I would always give the party my maximum support and drive for stronger growth.

“There is always a danger with single story and I encourage Mr President to hear the two sides of the story so that the party can win together,” Kalu stated.
Source – This Day