Friday, March 25, 2016

Governor El-Rufai,Deputy Bantex Exchange Slap at Cabinet Meeting

Governor of Kaduna state Mallam Nasir el-Rufai and his deputy, Architect Barnabas Bala Bantex allegedly traded slaps during an argument at a cabinet meeting in the state.


The Whistle has been monitoring reports that the Governor of Kaduna state Mallam Nasir el-Rufai and his deputy, Architect Barnabas Bala Bantex had traded slaps during an argument at a cabinet meeting in the state. According to a reliable source via a telephone conversation, the Governor and the deputy have been having a cold war over the plans by the governor to sack top civil servants in the state.

The governor who is embarking on a civil service reform agenda had decided to retire these top civil servants, who still had some years left in service but the deputy was said to have been disturbed and deeply uncomfortable with the situation.

The deputy governor had confided in his close associates that the list of top top civil servants marked for this retirement exercise reflected a majority of up to 70 per cent from the Southern Kaduna extraction. During the cabinet meeting, the deputy governor bared his mind and told governor El-rufai he is not in support of the exercise, he said that he cannot control the backlash that will arrive as a result of that action. Arc. Bantex was quoted as saying “I cannot go home, they will stone me”

The governor had insisted that the decision was without prejudice and in the best interest of the state but the deputy insists that on equality as his constituency already feels marginalized. At this point the conversation became heated between the Governor and his Deputy and words were traded between both leading to Governor Elrufai landing a slap on the face of his deputy. The deputy governor was said to have immediately taken his seat and told the governor that since having arguments and counter views has earned him a slap, he thinks the right thing to do was to let everyone know and resign.

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Goodluck Jonathan Snubs Meeting With PDP Chairman Modu Sheriff

Nigeria's former President Goodluck Jonathan has ignored a meeting called by PDP National Chairman Ali Modu Sheriff, Punch reports.

Several ex governors elected on the PDP platform attended the stakeholders meeting in Abuja heralded by Modu Sheriff at the party’s national headquarters.

Goodluck Jonathan, his deputy, Namadi Sambo; and former governors Peter Odili (Rivers), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Donald Duke (Cross River), Sullivan Chime (Enugu), Liyel Imoke (Cross River), and deputy governor Muktar Shagari of Sokoto State were also invited to the meeting, but were absent.


Senators plotting to impeach Buhari, says Kwankwaso

The Senator rep­resenting Kano Central, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has alleged a plot to im­peach President Mu­hammadu Buhari by some of his colleagues in the red cambers.

Kwankwaso who made the allegation in Abuja yesterday fin­gered 13 Senators who he didn’t name as hav­ing collected some sig­natures to execute the plot.

He said that those behind the move were, however yet to sum­mon the courage to move the motion on the floor of the upper chamber.

According to him, “any miscreant that fails to make his case in the hallowed cham­ber is simply a bastard. We are aware of all that some of us have been doing to unseat the President. They should not assume that we are ignorant of their antics. Right now 13 of them have appended their signatures to a petition to initiate impeach­ment process against the President,” Kwank­waso said.

I am afraid …, says Buhari

Text of President Muhammadu Buhari’s remarks at the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja, March 24, 2016.


We are members of the legacy party, plus APGA and DPP. We realized since 2005 that to remove the PDP from power, we must sink our differences, come together and form a party. God willing, that eventually happened and that is why we are where we are today, coming together inspite of our differences, both personal and ideological. We must not forget that. Having identified that as members of the legacy party, we again identified three fundamental things facing us. First, security, second, economy and unemployment and thirdly, corruption. We campaigned throughout the country on these three fundamental issues and nobody successfully challenged us and these issues remained relevant.

On security, we have made progress. It was a very courageous decision that the party took and executed by the Executive by removing most of the military hierarchy and appointing those to take over from them, acquiring some new hard and soft ware and raising the morale of the military to go secure the rest of the country which was then 14 out of 774 local government. I have said it often that as far as I know and the service Chiefs who are on ground, they are not holding any local government. But they still have some capability especially on soft targets by using technology.

For Niger Delta, the militants are sending some conflicting messages. Some have said they are ready to drop their arms and join the rest of the nation to build it. But part of them are still sabotaging installations which is making investments in that lucrative area of Nigeria difficult because nobody will submit his riches to financial institutions, get money only to suffer huge loss. So, the environment for investment is being sabotaged by our own selves, Nigerians. We are doing our best with the military by trying to persuade them to join the rest of the country because in unity lies our strength.

Of course the leadership of INEC has been changed, but I appeal to the leadership of the military, security agents and INEC that what I want Nigerians to remember me for, even if I have to leave the Presidency tomorrow is that I respect them. I want all Nigerians to believe and hold their PVC as personal entitlement as Nigerians and use it the way the like, and vote for whoever they like at which ever election. If they voluntarily sold it, it is part of their right and so, let them sell it and remain at home and not participate in any election. But let the law enforcement agencies give them the confidence that nobody will come out who has money to hire thugs, give them drugs and stop them from exercising their fundamental right.

I am afraid I did not succeed in the election in Kogi, Bayelsa, Rivers. I think that more Nigerians are killed or killed themselves in Rivers than in any particular state. At this stage of our political development, to remain brutal is shameful and as a government, I promise we will do something by the next general election.

On the economy, the fall of oil prices after Nigeria has made itself a mono economy is a disaster. I wonder why people could not believe that in Nigeria, about 27 out of 36 states have difficulty in paying basic salaries of their workers. If from 1999 to at least 2003, oil is above 100 dollars per barrel and an export of about 2 million barrel per day, how come Nigeria failed to make some arrangement to cushion the effect of a probably volatile oil market? Again, it show failure of the last administration. But we are now to pick the pieces as an APC government and so, there is no need complaining, but let us concentrate and see how much we can do with whatever remains of the economy. We realized that agriculture and solid minerals are two areas that can quickly come to help us to recover economically, at least in terms of employment and feeding ourselves and more importantly, saving the hard currency to make sure that what is left our industries remain open, employing Nigerians and producing goods and services which is very important.

The policy we are trying to implement is TSA. When we insist that we have to know what comes in and what goes out for us to make a comprehensive amendment to the economy. If you go and see the Central Bank Governor, he will tell you that in the TSA, we have more than N3 trillion. Where would this money have been if TSA was not in vogue? I was made to understand that vouchers would have quickly been raised towards the end of the financial year and checks made. Whether they are going into projects or private pockets, nobody can prove it to you. But that money is there, it is identified, if is quantified and when the budget comes back eventually, the Ministry of finance will see how to allocate it to the rest of the country.

We have tried to make sure that NNPC is reorganized, so that we know how much of our crude is taken, how much it is sold and to which account the money is going. But I tell you that up to the time we came, if anybody told you that he knows how much of crude exchanges hands either on the high sea or reaching their destination and the accounts the money goes into, that person is not telling you the truth. We are getting the cooperation of countries that has received this crude. But we have to be sure of the facts in our hands before we start prosecution so that Nigerians will believe what we have been telling them.

Again, I have to repeat myself here for you to appreciate what I am going through because you are closer to the people than myself. I was telling a British team that came to supervise the training team they sent, that when I was in uniform, you took the perceived corrupt ones and put them in safe custody and quietly told them they were guilty until they can prove themselves innocent. But now under multi-party democratic system, I see some of them ride Rolls Royce, some of them have built estates here, but they are innocent until we can prove them guilty. This situation is true and you don’t need to stress your imagination to find out. If you can find out, you discover that a level eight officer has five houses, while you, as a Permanent Secretary or Commissioner is still living in a rented house. We have to get credible evidence to carry out successful prosecution and get judgement from the Judiciary. But effort is being made to give a list of recoveries in whatever currencies so far so that Nigerians will know that it is not all about long stories.

For the party, I will like you to continue to make sacrifice. I know you are being harassed since the election that they haven’t seen anything on the ground. Well, if you have any explanation that could be accepted, is that you have three more years to go. When we came in after 16 years of PDP, each government had 42 ministries. We reduced them to 24, removed 21 Permanent Secretaries. We sat down and reflected seriously. We were all in the process of taking over at a time of national budget. So, imagine the volume of work and with what happened in the National Assembly, the padding, it would appear that below the Permanent Secretaries, there are still a lot of bureaucracies that are still with them. So, you have to appreciate the position we are in. Having cut 42 to 24, correspondingly, the parastatals will be cut down to some size and realigned and the boards reconstituted. We gave a blanket order which we had to rescind when we said all boards are suspended or dissolved. We had to go back and lick our vomit in terms of university boards because we found out that according to their laws, they cannot choose Vice Chancellors unless the Boards seat down, interview prospective candidates who wants to be VCs. So, there is nothing wrong in saying sorry and going back on your decision. So, we said sorry and allow all the universities to continue with their boards. But for the rest, eventually, we will make it. So, please, try to bear with us as we reflect on where we found ourselves.

For globetrotting, sometimes, you need to present your case on personal basis to your economic colleagues and neighbors. Nothing is better than personal touch and I believe that we are learning a lot and eventually, the nation will realize so, I don’t envy you on the harassment you are going through from your constituencies. Take it with a lot of determination and we will be all right, God willing.

Source: Vanguard

FLASHBACK REPORT: Kwankwaso’s Aide, Others Defect To PDP

Note: This Report Was First Posted In 2015.

A SERVING member of the House of Representatives from Kano State, Bashir Husain, and the Special Assistant to Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso on Empowerment Programme, Hajia Maryma Kofar Mata, were among the members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

The development, according to a statement made available by the media office of Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo, yesterday, is a fallout of the visit of Sambo to the state.

According to the statement, Husain is representing Gwale Federal Constituency, while Kofar Mata was the immediate past State Women Leader of APC.

It added that Sambo, during the Kano visit, met with several stakeholders, where he urged them to reach out to the people and inform them of the achievements of the President Jonathan-led administration and the laudable programmes of the PDP. The fallout of these stakeholders’ meetings was the defection of the two stalwarts of APC.

The Vice President, while receiving the decampees, welcomed them warmly to the shade provided by the party, stressing that PDP’s umbrella was large enough to accommodate anyone interested in joining the party.

He urged them to feel at home and work assiduously for the victory of the party in the forthcoming elections, so that the party and the administration would continue to move the country forward.

Sambo, who described the PDP as “the party of Nigeria with the most people oriented programmes that has been transforming the socio-economic wellbeing of Nigerians in the right direction,” also added, “PDP is Nigeria, and Nigeria is PDP. If you go to every corner and the remotest part of Nigeria, PDP has a system in place.”

In their response, the decampees said they defected from the APC because the PDP and the administration of President Jonathan and Vice President Sambo, have been delivering more and better dividends of democracy to Nigerians through their Transformation Agenda. They pledged to work tirelessly to move the party and the country to greater heights.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Rivers killings shameful – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday describe as shameful the recent political killings in Rivers state as a result of the rerun elections ordered by the Court of Appeal, adding that more Nigerians have been killed in Rivers than another state in the country.

The President who spoke at the National Executive Council meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) revealed that the government has saved over N3 trillion through its Treasury Single Account policy, while that the list of money recovered by government through the ongoing anti corruption crusade will soon be made public.

The President also said it was regrettable that the nation failed to save for the rainy days when oil sold for above 100 dollars, pointing out that at the moment, about 27 states in the country are not able to pay the salaries of their workers as and when due.

Buhari who expressed sadness over the violence that characterized elections in the country appealed to security agents in the country to try and give Nigerians the confidence to go out and perform their constitutional responsibility without molestation, adding that even though the leadership of INEC has been changed, he has shown that he has a lot of respect for them and the security agents.

He said: “Of course, the leadership of INEC has been changed, but I appeal to the leadership of the military, security agents and INEC that what I want Nigerians to remember me for, even if I have to leave the Presidency tomorrow is that I respect them.

 “I want all Nigerians to believe and hold their PVC as personal entitlement as Nigerians and use it the way the like, and vote for whoever they like at which ever election. If they voluntarily sold it, it is part of their right and so, let them sell it and remain at home and not participate in any election.

“But let the law enforcement agencies give them the confidence that nobody will come out who has money to hire thugs, give them drugs and stop them from exercising their fundamental right.

“I am afraid I did not succeed in the election in Kogi, Bayelsa, Rivers. I think that more Nigerians are killed or killed themselves in Rivers than in any particular state. At this stage of our political development, to remain brutal is shameful and as a government, I promise we will do something by the next general election.”

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Presidential Committee Indicts Over 300 ONSA Contractors, Recovers Over N7bn, Asks For Refund Of N41 Billion

A committee set up to probe contracts awarded by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) from 2011 to 2015 has indicted more than 300 companies and prominent citizens including serving and retired officers of the armed forces.

This was contained in a Thursday statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.

Over N7 Billion has been recovered so far from the indicted companies and individuals.

Another N41 Billion is to be refunded by the indicted companies while further investigation by the EFCC has been ordered to determine whether another N75 Billion should be recovered from some of the companies for unexecuted or partially executed contracts.

The committee further established that one of the indicted companies, Societe D’Equipment International was overpaid to the tune of 7.9 Million Euros and $7.09 Million.

The committee which is different from the committee that is investigating the Defence Arms and Equipment Procurement, discovered that there was a total disregard of salient provisions of the Public Procurement Act in the award of contracts by ONSA.

Several contractors were apparently over paid, while others were given full upfront payments contrary to their contract terms and agreements in force.

There was also evidence of payments to individuals and companies by ONSA without any contractual agreement or evidence of jobs executed. The committee further discovered that somecompanies failed to meet up their tax obligations for contracts

The Committee succeeded in recovering some of the funds from these individuals and organizations amounting to N3,537,549,223.04; $8,000,000.00 and houses worth N512,000,000.00 from 32 companies. The Committee also established that some individuals and companies received monies without evidence of contractual agreements or jobs done. The amount received by these individuals was N7,104,925,000.00.

In a similar vein, the Committee revealed that some companies that failed to execute contracts or did so partially were to make refunds.

The total amount to be refunded is N19,896,539,125.20; $43,771,433.73 and 2 houses in
Abuja worth N260,000,000.00.

The Committee also revealed that 15 companies were awarded contracts that require further investigation to ascertain the status of their contracts.

The total value of the contracts awarded in this category was N11,726,571,161.00; $202,136,890.00 and €4,114,752.96.

The Companies investigated by the committee include:
a. Abrahams Telecommunication Limited and Value
Trust Investment Limited RC 1050628 and RC133792.
b. Bilal Turnkey Contractors Limited RC 616389.
c. Circular Automobile Limited RC 953549.
d. Continental Project Associates Limited RC 1201210.
e. Da’voice Network Solutions Limited RC 658879.
f. Foretech Investment Limited RC 759046.
g. Forts and Sheild Limited RC 1148793.
h. GDP Associated Limited RC 830715.
i. Hakimco Automobiles – RC 904389.
j. Hamada Properties and Investment Limited RC
k. International Resources Management Company RC
l. Investment Options Limited – RC 133484.
m. Jakadiya Picture Company Limited RC 270972.
n. JBE Multimedia Investment Limited RC 48875.
o. Kamala Motors Limited RC 845545.
p. Key Information Services Limited RC 297516.
q. Leeman Communications Limited RC 499781.
r. MCAF Associates RC 734745.
s. Moortown Global Investment RC 968416.
t. Syntec Nigeria Limited RC 220165.
u. Trafiga Limited RC 1098961.
v. Trim Communications Limited RC 261180.
w. Securicor Emergency and Safety RC 431246.
x. Sologic Integrated Services Limited RC 744982.
y. Wada Autos Limited RC 1082513.
z. Zukhruf Nigeria Limited RC 306244.
aa. 2020 Nigeria Limited RC 1090292.
bb. A and B Associates Limited RC 279980.

The individuals and companies that received payments
without contractual agreements are:

a. Honourable Bello Matawalle.
b. Brigadier General AS Mormoni-Bashir (the former
Principal General Staff Officer at the ONSA and still a
serving military officer).
c. Alhaji Umar Sani.
d. Dr Yakubu Sanky.
e. Baba Bala.
f. Ambassador Clement Layiwola Lasseinde (a
Director in the ONSA).
g. An architect from Baitil Atiq Travels and Tours.
h. Alhaji Shuaibu Salisu (The former Director of
Finance and Administration at the ONSA).
i. Colonel Bello Fadile (rtd) (Special Adviser to Lt Col
Sambo Dasuki; former NSA).
j. Mr Otunla Jonah Niyi.
k. Otunba Adelakun.
l. Alhaji Bashir Yaguda.
m. Dr Tunji Olagunju.
n. Miss Oluwatoyin Oluwagbayi.
o. Lt Col MS Dasuki (rtd) {The former NSA}.
p. Honourable Maipata Mohammed Abubakar.
q. Mohammed Suleiman. From Musaco investment and
r. Ibrahim Abdullahi also from Musaco investment and
s. Alhaji Aliyu Usman.
t. 18 other officers that served in the ONSA.

The companies that out rightly failed to execute contracts or
did so partially, and have therefore been asked to refund various sums with are as follows:
a. A and Hatman Limited.
b. Abuja Consulting Limited.
c. Afro-Arab Investment.
d. Agbede A Adeshina and Co.
e. Aleppo Systems Nigeria Limited – RC 947255.
f. Amp Africa Holdings and Solar Services.
g. Apple Drops Nigeria Limited – RC 1102219.
h. Apt Security Limited – RC 165189.
i. Autoforms Integrated Enterprises Limited – RC
j. Axis Consulting Services Limited – RC 1151145.
k. Belsha Nigeria Limited.
l. Community Defence Law Foundation – RC/IT No
m. Complus International Service Limited.
n. Cosse Limited – RC 316214.
o. Daar Investment and Holdings Limited.
p. Dalhatu Investment Limited – RC 404535.
q. Destra Investment Limited.
r. Development Strategies International Limited – RC
t. DFX/White Zebu BDC – RC787658/RC1049919.
u. Duchy Concepts Limited RC392281.
v. Fara Security Limited RC 694607.
w. Fimex Gilt Nigeria Limited RC 143150.
x. First Aralac Global Limited RC939512.
y. Fix-HYL Global Investment RC1129654.
z. Good year Properties Limited RC1168828.
aa. Image Merchant Promotions Limited RC 416703.
bb. Interglobal Limited RC 189188.
cc. Jos Peace Dialogue Forum CAC/IT/No75434.
dd. Kakatar Limited RC 443321.
ee. Leaderette Nigeria/Norden Global
RC 422129/RC1119925.
ff. London Advertising Limited UK BASED.
gg. Mithra Oil Limited RC 620979.
hh. NigerLink BOG (Under Musaco Investment)
RC 834592
ii. Iban Global (Under Musaco Investment)
jj. Musaco Investment (Bank Charges)
kk. Mystrose Limited RC 475579.
ll. NAF Holding Company Limited.
mm. Peach Tree Communications Limited RC 410115.
nn. Perception BDC RC 740741.
oo. Pioneer Ventures RC 69776.
pp. Proptex Nigerian Limited – RC 116801.
qq. Prosedec Interglobal Limited RC 619845.
rr. Real Property Investment Limited RC 294761.
ss. Sinash Communications Limited RC 333134.
tt. Skytick International Limited RC 798693.
uu. Soject Nigeria Limited RC 74991.
vv. StellaVera Development Company Limited
RC 713258.
ww. Teracon AG SWISS BASED.
xx. Wehsec Farms Limited RC 713258.
yy. African Cable Television Limited RC 1113903.
zz. BCN Nigeria Limited RC 509693.
aaa. Brains and Hammers RC 655673.
bbb. Concept Options Ultimate Limited RC 604167.
ccc. Elizade Nigeria Limited RC 11544.
ddd. Emerging Platforms Limited RC 922205.
eee. EMI System Nigeria Limited RC 248986.
fff. Hadassa Investment and Security RC 709085.
ggg. Kala Consulting Solutions Limited RC 98562.
hhh. Pioneer Ventures.
iii. Nan Bizcom Nigeria Limited RC 680708.
jjj. Nerres Limited RC 1138835.
kkk. Plectrum Consulting Limited RC 937931.
lll. Protech Consultant RC 301426.
mmm. Summit Publications Limited RC 304671.
nnn. Telios Development Limited RC 468351.
ooo. Urban Abode Nigeria Limited RC 651613.
ppp. RCN Networks Limited RC 439720.
qqq. Sail International Limited RC 97863.
rrr. Suburban Broadway Limited – RC 469689.
sss. Geronimo Middle East and Africa.
ttt. Julius Berger RC 6852.
uuu. Romgat Morgan Nigeria Limited RC 902020.
vvv. Stallion Motors Limited RC 178627.

Contracts awarded to the following companies are to be further
a. 2020 Nigeria Limited RC 1090292.
b. Acacia Holdings Limited RC 940978.
c. Africair Incorporated US Company.
d. Augusta Westland Limited.
e. Almond Project Limited.
f. Bam Project and Properties.
g. Bob Oshodin Organisation Limited RC 790662.
h. Coral Builders Limited RC 397748.
i. Dan Clington Nigeria Limited RC 940978.
j. Law Partners and Associates BN/UY/004566.
k. Magnificient 5 ventures Limited BN/2299463.
l. MPS Global Services Limited.
m. One plus Holdings Nigeria Limited RC 695999.
n. Quadsix Nigeria Limited RC 1177968.
o. Reliance Reference Hospitals

Saraki Shuns APC NEC Meeting

Senate President, Bukola Saraki and some governors of APC controlled states, particularly from the southern part of the country as well as some national leaders of the party failed to attend the crucial meeting of the National Executive Council of the APC in Abuja.
There was heavy security around the national secretariat of the party ahead of the meeting with only a few journalists covering the party allowed into the secretariat to cover the meeting on Thursday.
The National Chairman of the party Chief John Odigie Oyegun who arrived the secretariat at exactly 9.10 was subjected to security checks by the Presidential guards before being allowed into the building.
Also absent at the meeting were Deputy Speaker, Suleiman Lasun,  House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, Deputy Whip of the Senator, Francis Alimikhena among others.
Those who attended the NEC meeting include Speaker of the Housemof Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Ado Doguwa, Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, former Zamfara state governor, Senator Ahmed Sani and labour leader, Hon. Peter Akpatason, Senators Dino Melaye and Binta Masi Garba.

-The Nation

2019: Only God Can Stop Kwankwaso – Onwuzulike

The Anambra State coordinator of Kwankwaso Envoy Nigeria, Hon Charles Onwuzulike has said that only God could stop Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, former Governor of Kano State from contesting in 2019 elections.

Onwuzulike stated this while addressing journalists in Awka after a meeting with supporters of the former governor in Anambra State.

Irked by the alleged insults and abusive words in some section of the media against the person of Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, former Governor of Kano State, believed to be emanating from his successor, Dr. Abdulahi Umar Ganduje and others, Hon Charles Onwuzulike, said those attacking Kwankwaso were doing so because of his leadership quality and ambition come 2019.

He said that it was only God that could stop Kwankwasor from contesting in 2019 and from realizing his ambition.

Reiterating the resolve of the people in the State to always be in support of Kwankwaso, Onwuzulike who is the Anambra State Chairman of Youths Sports Federation of Nigeria, described him as a performer who achieved a lot in Kano State when he was governor of the state.

“His achievements will speak for him whenever he comes out for any elective position in the country because he is a man of the people”, he hinted.

The Anambra State coordinator who hinted that he grew up in Kano and knows Kwankwaso family for 57 years as being down to earth, urged the detractors of the former governor s to have a change of heart.

“Kwankwaso made Dr. Abdulahi Umar Ganduje, the governor of Kano State but now he has turned against him because of political interest. No man has equaled him in terms of performance since 59 years ago I know his reputable family”, Onwuzulike said.

He commended Kwankwaso for his patience in the face of these alleged abuses and deliberate intimidation.

Culled: Champion Newspaper

APC set to replace BoT with council of elders

The plan to replace the Board of Trustees (BoT) with a council of elders may be ratified during today’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), credible sources have said.
A vote to amend the APC constitution to accommodate the new organ was taken at  the Tuesday national caucus which held  behind closed-doors at the new banquet hall of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, APC National Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, APC National Leader Ahmed Bola Tinubu, Senate President Bukola Saraki, House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Senate Leader Ali Ndume, House Leader Femi Gbajabiamila and  some state governors among others.
Because of the new amendment to the party’s constitution, the NEC will ratify the nullification of the BoT and approve the constitution of a council of elders at national, zonal and state levels.
If the amendment scales through,  the much-anticipated election of the BoT chairman, deputy chairman and secretary will no longer be necessary and the meeting of the board rescheduled for next week will no longer hold.
Sources said the national caucus meeting also discussed the need to have a formal leadership for the national caucus of the party, a move which has not been worked out.
The meeting, it was further gathered, addressed the issues of security, how to improve the economy and reviewed the rerun elections so far conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Daily Trust learnt that the APC National Chairman, Chief Odigie-Oyegun, used the meeting to speak on the reported plan to ease him out of office.
Odigie-Oyegun was said to have told those allegedly sponsoring the move to get him out of office that there were procedures for removing people. 
He was also said to have reminded them of the need to, not only respect the tenure of his office, but also stop the “campaign of calumny which is disgracing the party”.

-Daily Trust