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ADC chair, Nwosu emerges IPAC’s acting President

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National Chairman of African Democratic Congress (ADC) Chief Ralph Okey Nwosu, Friday, emerged the Acting President of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) with a vow to reconcile all the aggrieved parties in the Council.

Nwosu who spoke at the inauguration of the Central Management Committee of IPAC at its headquarters in Abuja on Friday, said he was determined to settle squabbles within the political parties before the next general election of the Council slated for next four months.

Nwosu lamented that the country’s democracy is presently going through some form revaluation to rediscover its original objective and goal.

He said that the current do or die politics in the country must be changed if anything good and enduring is to come out our democracy.

According to him, “The country’s democracy is undergoing revaluation and efforts should be to get it back to the original intent so that the country can make real progress,” he said.

He said that the key role of the council is help build harmony among political parties and to always try to moderate political temperature.

He assured that the new management team will work hard to restore peace harmonious relationship between parties and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Earlier in his hand over speech, the immediate past President of IPAC and now Secretary General of the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, Peter Ameh charged the Nwosu-led management committee to conduct a free, fair and credible election for the council at the National and State levels and be responsible for the day to day running of the Council affairs within four months of their engagement.

Ameh whose tenure in office ended yesterday, September 4, thanked its members for standing by the Council to protect and defend the Country’s democratic process.

The names of members of the IPAC Central Management Committee include , Ralph Okey Nwosu – Chairman (Acting President) Alhaji A. A. Salam Deputy Chairman (Acting Vice President) , Adekunle Rufai Omoaje – Secretary (Acting Secretary General) and Chuks Achusi – Treasurer (Acting National Treasurer).

The Central Management Committee was charged to within the time prescribed, to ensure the four month period as stated shall commence on Saturday, September 5, 2020 and lapse on Tuesday, February 5, 2021.

“These dates remain sacrosanct and shall not be extended by the Committee howsoever.

“Ensure the sustenance of fundamental values, ethical principles and strategic direction in which the Council operates as enshrined in the Code.

“Ensure compliance with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements as well as the Code and seek guidance around any uncertainties.

“Ensure the execution of all actions necessary for the smooth conduct of the 2020 National Executive Council Elections.

“Be signatories to the Council’s bank accounts for the 4 (four) month period only and shall cease to be signatories thereto at the expiration of the 4 (four) months.

“Submit a comprehensive audited financial report of all transactions within the period under review to the newly elected National Executive Council.

“Nothing in the aforementioned rules of engagement shall prevent the appointed Officers from contesting the scheduled National Executive Council elections.”

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Zamfara Bye-election: 2 persons feared dead in Bloody clashes among rival thugs

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Zamfara Bye-election: 2 persons feared dead in Bloody clashes among rival thugs

Clashes between rival political thugs have left 2 people dead in Zanfara ahead of the by-election tomorrow
The police imposed a 24-hour curfew in Bakura and Talata Mafara LGAs after two persons were killed and several others injured
The thugs also destroyed several vehicles and billboards in the areas.
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in Charge of Zone 10, Mustapha Muhammad, said the curfew was to avoid breakdown of law and order.

There has been tension in the state as two leading candidates of the opposition All Progressives Congress and the ruling People’s Democratic Party ended campaigns yesterday at the same time.
The contest is mainly between APC’s Bello Dankande Gamji and PDP’s  Tukur Ibrahim Tudu though 12 candidates of other parties are also in the race.
The PDP had earlier alleged that the APC was planning to disrupt the election by arming thugs; the allegation which the latter dismissed.

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Lamido asks Buhari to beg God for mercy for failing

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Having failed Nigerians on his campaign promises, President Muhammadu Buhari should be sober with a contrite heart by returning to God to beg for mercy, former Jigawa state governor, Sule Lamido has said.


The former governor was speaking against the backdrop of the recent gruesome killing of 43 farmers by Boko Haram terrorists and bandits in some parts of the North.

Lamido who was monitored on the BBC Hausa service in Abuja said Buhari should drop his ego by seeking God’s forgiveness.
“There is no way a government can continue successfully without sabotage but you need to be strong enough to overcome such challenges. If really, he cannot withstand this he has to resign, but we can’t be accepting sabotage as a reason.

“He has failed totally, if not that he failed how will he allow some people to slaughter 43 people? How will he allow bandits to raid villages and set them on fire and rape their women? Definitely something is wrong somewhere,” he said.

On the future of the country, Sule Lamido said, “Allah is merciful to his servants we hope our prayers will be answered, but Buhari has to go fisrt. He should ask himself that what offences has he done to Allah. He need to wake up in the mid night, drop his arrogance and pray. He should ask for Allah’s forgiveness on the offences he has committed.

“He is arrogant and always speaking with pride. Many people have said it and we have seen it. In the last four years if you said something like this you will be cursed but now the truth has come. The problem is he doesn’t listen to what people are saying, but everyone has spoken out. People are tired, the Ulamas, the masses, the traditional leaders and all people have spoken out.”

“When Buhari was sick Nigerian prayed for him  and they are still doing but he failed to address their challenges,” he added.

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Gender Equality: NASS careful not to enthrone further discrimination says Omo-Agege

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Gender Equality: NASS careful not to enthrone further discrimination says Omo-Agege 

By Joseph Sunday


The Deputy President of the Senate and Chairman, Senate Adhoc Committee on Constitution Review, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has described the bill on Gender Equality sponsored by Senator Biodun Olujimi as challenging in that it may be difficult to achieve the goals without enthroning new set of discriminations. 

Senator Omo-Agege stated this in Abuja when he hosted a delegation of a non-partisan organisation, Women in Politics Forum led by Ebere Ifendu.
The Delta Central lawmaker assured women that their interests would be protected, but not to the detriment of the constitutional provisions against discrimination of whatever form.He said they want to strengthen women participation.Omo-Agege called on the Executive arm of government to always engage the Legislature before signing treaties and agreements.
This, he explained, will enable accelerated domestication by the National Assembly.

He also tasked the forum to help in mobilising the House of Representatives in concurring to the Sexual Harassment Bill passed by the Senate as well as the domestication of the Violence Against Persons  (Prohibition) Act in all the states of the Federation.
 In her remarks Ifendu called for the inclusion of Affirmative Action in the Constitution.
She cited African countries like Kenya, Uganda, Senegal, Rwanda and Seychelles to buttress her position.
According to her there is no better time than now to achieve an inclusive democracy. Further more, she said we need to move from civil governance to true democracy where women, youth and persons with disabilities will have equal opportunities to participate in governance,” she claimed.

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