President Buhari departs Abuja to United Kingdom on a 10-day vacation on 19th January, 2017.
The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, on Sunday, held a high-powered meeting in Katsina state where President Muhammadu Buhari hails from. The meeting held even as rumours that President Buhari had died in the United Kingdom were disproved with the publication of several photographs showing the President alive and well.

 

The meeting, held at the Presidential lodge in Katsina state, was chaired by the National Vice Chairman, North-West, and had in attendance; Governor of Katsina State, Deputy Governor, Katsina State, Members of the National Assembly from Katsina State, the Minister of State Aviation, the Heads of Federal Government Agencies from Katsina State, Speaker of the Katsina State House of Assembly, Deputy Speaker and Members of the Katsina State House of Assembly, Secretary to the Government of Katsina State.

 

Also in attendance were members of the Katsina State Executive Council, National officers of the party from the Zone, Zonal party officers, State Chairmen of the party from the Zone, Local Government Party Chairmen from Katsina State and other stakeholders of the party from Katsina State.

 

In a communique released at the end of the meeting, Mr. Inuwa Abdul-kadir, the APC National Vice – Chairman in the North-West, said the meeting  was “in line with article 13.4 of our great Party’s constitution which empowers the Zonal Executive Committee to amongst other duties; coordinate party activities in the zone, guide and advise the State Executive Committees on ways and means of strengthening the Party within the zone.

 

He said the meeting was called as “the first of a series of meetings that will be held in each of the States in the North West Zone”.

 

Mr. Abdul-Kadir said the APC Northwest condemned reports on rumours that President Buhari had died and called on party members to rise and defend the President’s mandate given to him by the majority of Nigerians.

 

“The meeting expressed disgust at the callous, sadistic and inhumane politicisation of the routine annual vacation of our dear President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, by unscrupulous and unpatriotic opposition leaders. This unfortunate episode is a pointer to the extent of decadence and desperation that has overcome the opposition in Nigeria;

 

“The meeting also calls on party members to rise in the defence of the hard won but overwhelming mandate of the majority of Nigerians by eschewing all forms of internal conflict and division. We should appreciate the need to rally round our leaders and for the leaders to carry all members along in flying the flag of progressive APC governance,” the statement read.

 

There have been rumours that President Buhari was dead or unable to discharge his duties as President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces. But the Presidency disproved the rumours and warned that those behind them would be arrested and prosecuted. The minister of Information and President Buhari’s spokesmen said there was no emergency meeting of the Northern governors as earlier alleged in the rumours. People close to the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

 

Below is the APC Northwest Meeting Communique released at the end of the meeting.

 

COMMUNIQUE OF THE CONSULTATIVE MEETING OF APC NORTH WEST ZONAL  LEADERSHIP WITH KATSINA STATE PARTY LEADERSHIP AND STAKEHOLDERS 

 

KATSINA STATE PRESIDENTIAL LODGE, KATSINA on 29TH JANUARY 2017,

 BACKGROUND

  1.  In line with article 13.4 of our great Party’s constitution which empowers the Zonal Executive Committee to amongst other duties; coordinate party activities in the zone, guide and advise the State Executive Committees on ways and means of strengthening the Party within the zone, this meeting was called as the first of a series of meetings that will be held in each of the States in the North West Zone.
  1.  The meeting chaired by the National Vice Chairman, North-West had in attendance; Governor of Katsina State, Deputy Governor, Katsina State, Members of the National Assembly from Katsina State, the Hon. Minister of State Aviation, the Heads of Federal Government Agencies from Katsina State, Speaker of the Katsina State House of Assembly, Deputy Speaker and Members of the Katsina State House of Assembly, Secretary to the Government of Katsina State, Members of the Katsina State Executive Council,  National officers of the party from the Zone, Zonal party officers, State Chairmen of the party from the Zone, Local Government Party Chairmen from Katsina State and other stakeholders of the party from Katsina State.

OBJECTIVES

  1.  The meeting sought to provide an avenue where stakeholders can interact and share ideas on how to assist the three tiers of government in delivering on the various campaign promises, party manifesto and disseminating information on governance.
  1.  The meeting called for strengthening of internal democratic processes, party unity and cohesion with a view to expanding and solidifying the party base.

OUTCOMES

  1.  The Party leadership and all stakeholders reiterate their support to the 7 State Governors in the North West region in their effort towards economic integration of the region within the context of the North West Economic Cooperation and Integration Framework.
  1.  The meeting appreciated the efforts of the 7 State Governors in the North West region in addressing the security challenges especially in the areas of cattle rustling, armed banditry and kidnapping. This effort has resulted in the region being one of the most peaceful region in the country.
  1.  The meeting further appreciated the 7 States of the North West regions’ initiative in identifying high development priority areas like education, healthcare, agriculture, water resources, energy, solid minerals and industrialisation. It further appreciated that these initiatives have started to yield some positive results.
  1.  The meeting appreciated the importance of a strong and cohesive party that will meet the aspirations of Nigerians. In line with this, there is the need to adhere to the Party’s constitution through continued membership registration and ensuring that vacancies in the various party structures are filled.
  1.  The meeting emphasised the need for elected and appointed public office holders to undertake periodic consultations with the constituents to enlighten them on government policies and programs at the same time receive feedbacks from same for effective service delivery;
  1.  The meeting also called on the leadership of the party at all levels to provide additional avenues upon which party members can make their suggestions, advice and or grievances that will ensure party affairs are operated seamlessly;
  1.  The meeting emphasized the need for members of the National Assembly from the North West Zone to fully support the President in his effort to provide responsive leadership to Nigeria;
  1.  The meeting called on the North West Zonal Leadership of the Party to engage the members of the National Assembly, Ministers, Heads of Agencies of Government to ensure policies and programs fall in line with the party manifesto;
  1.  The meeting expressed disgust at the callous, sadistic and inhumane politicisation of the routine annual vacation of our dear President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, by unscrupulous and unpatriotic opposition leaders. This unfortunate episode is a pointer to the extent of decadence and desperation that has overcome the opposition in Nigeria;
  1. The meeting also calls on party members to rise in the defence of the hard won but overwhelming mandate of the majority of Nigerians by eschewing all forms of internal conflict and division. We should appreciate the need to rally round our leaders and for the leaders to carry all members along in flying the flag of progressive APC governance;
  1. The meeting wishes to express profound gratitude to His Excellency, the Rt. Hon. Aminu Bello Masari, Governor of Katsina State, the Party Leadership and other stakeholders for making the meeting a success.
  1.  Finally, the meeting prayed for the safe return of President Muhammadu Buhari at the end of his well deserved annual vacation and for him to continue to enjoy good health by the special grace of God Almighty.

Inuwa Abdul-kadir, Esq

(Magatakarda Babba)

National Vice – Chairman (North-West)

 

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