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Aspirant blames Odigie-Oyegun for crises in APC

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Aspirant blames Odigie-Oyegun for crises in APC

By John Akubo

House of representative aspirant for Lokoja/Kogi Federal Constituency Honorable Saidu Akawo Slihu has blamed the immediate past National chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) John Odigie-Oyegun for the crises bedevilling the party.
Speaking at a meeting tagged Reality Interactive Meeting where youths from Lokoja/Koto charged him to declare to contest the 2019 election for Lokoja/Kogi Federal Constituency 2019 election, he said the former chairman did not do things according to the rules in democracy hence the frustration and anger.
“Our party was facing lots of challenges, we had a national chairman who was not upholding the tenets of democracy.
Salihu who was a former Kogi State House Assembly member, however, commended the incumbent chairman Adams Oshiomole for his effort at reuniting the members of the party.
He said the new mode of primary election whereby all members of the party line up to elect the candidate that would fly the flag of the party has taken the party back to the people.

“Today we have a chairman who is calling for populous suffrage, a chairman who is calling for card carrying members to elect their candidate.”

He said since the issue is about democracy, and democracy being a system or Government of the people by the people and for the people he was heeding to the call of his people to throw his heart in the ring.
“I have accepted to run because democracy is about the people and we have to be sensitive to the feelings of the people.”
He explained that he had suspended his ambition because of the division in the party as it was a point for sober reflection.
However he said they are embolden by the fact, that democracy is really getting back to the people and the people will elect their candidates, hence there is no fear.
“There is no surrender until we get the judgement of the people and we pray that the judgement of the people would be favourable to us.”
He admonished those that left the party out of frustration to have a rethink as there can be no permanent division.

He pointed out that at a point he had to pull out from the Audu’s group to give support to Governor Bello.
“It was a decision that was difficult for our people to understand, in fact if not because of the little respect that some people had for me I was almost ostracised.”
He said there were allegations that he was paid by the Governor however he said he was doing his best for posterity.

“It is not like if I don’t need money but money is not the most important thing in my life. I come in to my place and looked and I see people who believe in me, who think I am a mentor who see me as a role model, I am fulfilled.
“In my political life I want to live for you. I want to make myself relevant for you and it is on this note that this struggle is your struggle and we are in it, inch by inch, shoulder to shoulder till we are there.”

He promised that if he wins he will never change . “I will soon be 55years if can not change in those years I can’t change now. It can only be better by the grace of God.”
According to the convener of the reality interactive meeting Babaji Ndakwo who is also the Kotokarfe Local Government secretary, many groups have been calling on him to come out and contest.
He said at an interactive meeting earlier he had turned down their call but they are bent on ensuring he agrees to contest so that they can have a better representation at the green chamber.
Ndakwo said the meeting has provided an opportunity to chart a new political direction for Saidu Akawo Salihu alias SAS for the Governor Yahaya Bello new direction politics.
It is meant to reanalyse, reorganise and rejig their commitment towards his ambition.
“He had earlier declined to contest because he was physically and mentally unbalanced due to the division in the party.
“We are urging him to go ahead and contest the election.
The Co-convener of the meeting , Alhaji Isiaka said the issue of zoning was out of it as the former deputy majority leader Buba Jibrin did three terms before he died.

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PDP expresses dismay that Buhari will blame the dead for his failure

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**Says remark is an open support for insurgency

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday expressed dismay that a President would blame the dead fir his cluelessness.

The major opposition party in Nigeria described as weird, reprehensible and repulsive that the Buhari Presidency now seeks to turn itself into a mouthpiece of terrorists by its subtle attempt to rationalize the killing of innocent and hard working Nigerians.
The party said it is shocked that the Buhari Presidency has graduated from making bogus claims of having degraded terrorism to the embarrassing point of blaming unprotected and helpless Nigerians for falling victims of terrorist attacks.

It said; “This, to say the least, is the height of leadership failure of the lazy, lethargic and incompetent Buhari administration”.
It stressed that it is alarmed by the reckless and bizarre attempt by the Buhari Presidency to rationalize the gruesome beheading of 43 innocent Nigerians by insurgents in Zabarmari, Borno state.
The PDP particularly said that it is outraged by the Buhari Presidency’s claims that the farmers were killed because they failed to get clearance before going to their farms.
The Party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said that the statement by the Presidency is also an admission that the Buhari administration has been overwhelmed by terrorists and can no longer guarantee Nigerians and other citizens a normal life.

The statement reads, “This unpatriotic stance smacks of support for acts of terrorism and mindless killing of our compatriots by a government whose Commander-in-Chief had promised Nigerians to lead the battle against insurgents from the front.
“Our party is forced to hold that attitudes such as the unpatriotic remark of the Buhari Presidency embolden insurgents in their ceaseless attacks in our country.
“Such also provides further insights into the escalation of acts of terrorism in our country in the last five years.
“It is therefore insensitive for the Buhari Presidency to have shown this huge lack of empathy, which amounts to a spat on the grave of the slain as well as an unpardonable slap on the faces of the generality of mourning Nigerians.

“Perhaps this also informs why their party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has not deemed it fit to have a word of lamentation for the death nor consolation for the bereaved.
The party therefore chalkenged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately withdraw the offensive statement by his Presidency and apologize to Nigerians, particularly the people of Borno state.
The PDP also restated its call to President Buhari to heed the demands by Nigerians to rejig the nation’s security architecture as well as replace his Service Chiefs with more competent hands in the interest of the nation.

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Prof Yakubu harps on electoral act ammendment to allow over 1 million adhoc staff to vote

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Prof Yakubu harps on electoral act ammendment to allow over 1 million adhoc staff to vote

The provisions of the Nigeria’s electoral law may be disenfranchising over 1 million over one million Nigerians of voting age, the chairmanship nominee of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has observed
Speaking on Thursday at his confirmation hearing organized by the Senate Committee on INEC, Yakubu noted that the current law allows voters to vote only where they have registered.

He said this has denied INEC staff and ad hoc ones deployed for election duties, journalists and election observers the opportunity to exercise their civic duty during elections.
“We engaged about one million ad hoc staff during the last general elections. This means that the staff and others deployed for election duties did not vote,” he said.
He said until the law is amended to allow voters to cast their ballots wherever they are, millions of registered voters would continue to be denied voting rights.
Prof Yakubu also said the Commission needs to construct strong rooms in all the 36 states of the federation and FCT to store smart card readers and other election materials.
This, he said, was to prevent them from burning in case of fire incident.

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Senator Abbo vows to unseat Fintiri using APC platform

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Senator Ishaku Abbo (Adamawa North) has debunked insinuations that he was overwhelmed by tirades of attacks from his Governor hence he left the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaking to senate press Corps after officially announcing his exit he said left the party to be able to square it up with the Governor in 2023
Senator Abbo had announced his defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in a letter addressed to the Senate President Ahmad Lawan and read during plenary on Wednesday. 

The lawmaker said though he fought for Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri’s victory in 2019, the governor chased him out of PDP due to his alleged mismanagement of the party, which, Abbo said, had led to polarization. 

Senator expressed optimism that he will defeat the state governor in 2023. 

He said: “I’m not overwhelmed by Governor Fintiri. I fought to bring him to power. 

“The governor did not defeat me. The governor chased me out (of PDP). I actually gave way so I will go and take his seat from him.”

With his defection, APC now has 60 senators, while PDP 42. The ninth Senate has six vacant seats.

Abbo announced his defection in a letter addressed to the House, read by Senate President Ahmad Lawan during Wednesday’s plenary session.

In the letter, Abbo stated that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa state by Governor Umaru Fintiri.

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