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09042018 - AS APC'S NEC MEETS TODAY: Oyegun, Tinubu's ‘soldiers’ head for showdown

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Vanguard, MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018—5 POCKET CARTOON AWARD—From left: Prof. Segun Ajibola, President, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN); Taiwo Adeoluwa, Secretary to the Ogun State Government; Mr. Godwin Emefiele, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN); Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Fidelity Bank Plc; Mr. Victor Osadolor, Deputy Group Managing Director, UBA Plc, at the formal launch of The Guardian Compendium on "Financing The Economy" and the conferment of the Economic Personality of the Year Award on Mr. Emefiele at Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos, weekend. Oyegun, Tinubu's ‘soldiers’ head for showdown Continues from Page 1 election. The warning from the pro-Oyegun elements in the party, came in the face of increasing support for the embattled national chairman from critical stakeholders in the party. Opponents of Odigie- Oyegun, who are mainly associates of the party’s national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, were said to be launching fresh strategies to outwit him. The camp of Tinubu, which produced Odigie- Oyegun as national chairman in 2014, is now said to be also pondering the option of a caretaker committee if that is what it would need to stop Odigie- Oyegun from returning to office. Odigie-Oyegun, Vanguard learned, has successfully mobilised the support of the majority of all but one of the party’s governors in the North-West. In the South-West, where opposition to Odigie-Oyegun is most strident, support for him is, however, almost equally divided with opposition coming only from Osun and Lagos states. Ogun and Ondo governors, according to Vanguard sources, are passionately behind the outgoing national chairman. Though Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State is believed to be supportive of Tinubu’s political moves, but his ability to deliver Oyo State to Tinubu is increasingly said to be in doubt. Virtually all members of the NWC are also said to be angling to return on the same slate with Odigie-Oyegun, Vanguard learned yesterday. That is despite the initial disinterest by the 79-year-old for a second term. The NWC members, one source said last night, are determined to be in office to handle the primaries that will produce candidates for the 2019 elections. “You know what it means to be a national officer in an election year, so members of the NWC cannot afford to rock the boat, they are all backing Oyegun for their return to office,” one source revealed yesterday. Significantly, Odigie- Oyegun is also seriously being opposed by his state chapter of the party, Edo State, which he governed from 1992 to 1993. The anti-Oyegun forces, it was learned, were mobilising to raise allegations of financial malfeasances against him and members of the National Working Committee, NWC, a move it is believed is aimed at gaining the favour of President Muhammadu Buhari to stop him from seeking a second term. Continues on Page 41 By Bose Adelaja, Ebun Sessou & Frederick Okopie On rising food prices in Nigeria MOST market wom en and men are not guided by any price regulatory measure. Some of them selfishly increase the prices of food items. There should be a price control system that will regulate the prices. Our leaders should consider the poor and ensure that the rate at which prices are increasing is stopped. Our government should act fast because people are suffering as a result of the situation. *Margaret Babalola, trader IT is a very sad situa tion that requires the attention of the government. The prices go up on per second basis. I don’t understand what is happening because I find it difficult buying my weekly food items with N10, 000. Common food items like Egusi and Ogbono are now very expensive. The market women are blaming herdsmen who are killing farmers in their farms. *Ann Ugbodu, Worker THIS is a serious is sue and it is unfortunate that Nigerians are faced with this problem. The worse scenario is that it is difficult to manage the money we have due to the increase in prices of food items. Most people earn salaries and still survive on debt. It is hard to find people, who are not idebted in any way. These people are salary earners. *Victoria Olusoji, Nurse I believe the misap propriation of public funds meant for mechanized farming gave rise to the food crisis we are experiencing. We cannot dismiss the role political instability is playing because most people no longer go to their farms. The continuous increase in the prices of food items has a direct link with the failure of leadership. *Olaoluwa Moses, Teacher I believe the govern ment is guilty because they are the cause of our predicament. The insecurity which has led to the destruction of farmlands across Nigeria is an example of how government allowed the issue to remain.The failure to provide the right leadership that will protect us is the primary reason we are suffering. *Ibukunoluwa Hannah, IT Expert Nigerians should not expect bountiful harvest when there is no peace in the country. Farmers and their farm produce are threatened by herdsmen while the government is not doing enough to solve the problem. Apart from that, Nigerian businessmen are greedy and wicked because the continuous increase in prices does not reflect the true state of our battered economy. The government should do more than they are doing at the moment. *Chukwuka Morka, Selfemployed