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Audu/Faleke group shuns Bello’s reconciliation Committee, Sets For Mass Defection

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Members of the Audu/Faleke faction of the Kogi State chapter of the All Progressives Congress APC, in Kabba-Bunu local government area of the state have dissociated themselves from the Duro Meseko-led reconciliation committee created by the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya and also threatened mass defection to a new party.

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the party had recognized the Governor Yahaya Bello led factio of the party under the leadership of Abdullahi Bello who emerged from the congresses by Bello’s group in the state.
Bello was among the state chairmen that were innaugurated by the party’s NWC in Abuja.
According to a communiqué issued at the end of their meeting on Tuesday, which was signed by the chairman, Chief Samuel Meseko, and other leaders of the group, which was made availlable to the Guardian in Lokoja they would not be part of any reconciliation arrangement of the Governor, led by Hon. Duro Meseko, describing it as ridiculous and laughable.

The communiqué said, “The effort is ridiculous and laughable. Governor Bello is the problem of APC in Kogi State. How can a problem be the solution? An issue in the crisis is the anti-democratic conduct of the Governor in the party.
They sighted his decision not to follow the constitution of the party in the election of party executives; his unilateral handpicking of the party’s state chairman in the last APC and the imposition of members of his minority group as executives of the party at the ward, local and state levels as one of their grouse.

“It is, therefore, ridiculous and laughable that such a character will expect that serious-minded persons and group like the Audu/Faleke will take his kangaroo reconciliation with a pinch of seriousness.

“Bello is never known for keeping any promise. The entire political landscape of Kogi State and Bello’s political career are littered with carcasses of victims of his deceit. His offer of reconciliation is a poisoned chalice that anyone will accept at his own peril. We reject it.”

The meeting tremendously commended the steadfast stand of the leadership of Audu/Faleke political group all over Kogi state against injustice, pains and suffering the people of Bunuland and indeed Kogi state had been forced to contend with in the last three years of APC rule.

The communique recognized the resilience, patience and continued support of members for the Audu/Faleke political family in Kabba-Bunu Local Government Area of Kogi and Kogi state at large.

They resolved to align with whatever dicision the leadership of Audu/Faleke arrived at in the emerging political formation/realignments in the country in the interest of Justice and fair play.
They vehemently distance themselves from any form of reconciliation that does not emanate from and with full participation of the leadership of Audu/Faleke political family that were shoved aside by APC in Kogi State after the huge successes recorded at the pools in November 2015 .
The group pointed out clearly that Hon. Duro Meseko is their son, and leading figure in the Audu/Faleke political family in Kogi state but that he did not inform them of whatever decision reached at any level to reconciling them with any group.
They added that as such, he does not have their blessing in his new found affinity with the Government of Kogi state and as such cannot speak on their behalf.

The group therefore resolved to distance themselves from the Duro Meseko led reconciliation committee in the Western Senatorial District of Kogi state with any group.

They resolved that henceforth, appointment into any position within or outside the party on their behalf should be allowed to emanate from them and that all forms of imposition from outside should be discountenanced in the interest of justice and of the party.

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Though Politics is tough for women, take the shot, humanitarian minister challenges womenfolk

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Though there is the general believe that politics in Nigeria is tough for the womenfolk, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has challenged them to get more involved in politics. 

The Minister spoke at the Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship Speaker Series held in Kaduna on Tuesday October 21, 2020.

This was contained in a statement by the minister special adviser on media Nneka Ikem Anibeze on Thursday.

Umar Farouq who made a virtual presentation titled ‘My Political Career as a Northern Lady: Experiences and Challenges expressed concern about the percentage of women in politics.

“The truth is that we are not many. We are not where we should be and clearly we need more women represented in politics and executive positions. 

The good news is that we are making progress. Today as the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State is a woman. 

“This is a first for the North and His Excellency Governor Nasir El Rufai by the grace of Almighty God made this happen despite the odds.

She said very soon the hope for the first female Governor and President would soon be realised.

The Minister said politics especially in Africa is  a difficult and expensive terrain for women however she encouraged  the younger generation not to be deterred but embrace the career.

“Politics is driven by a selected few and is also very expensive. We need more young people to participate, change the narrative and make conscious efforts to ensure inclusion so that any young woman or man even from a less privileged background or  from any part of the country can be a President of this nation”.

Umar added that her vision for Nigeria is to see more young men and women dream and achieve their ambition as leaders in whatever field of endeavor they choose. 

“I am a grassroots person and will continue to connect with my people to lift the vulnerable out of poverty and foster the creation of an environment for inclusive growth and prosperity.  

K9I am supported by a team of vibrant young men and women working in the Ministry to bring fresh ideas and strategies to solving the nation’s Humanitarian and Social Development challenges. I want to use this avenue to thank my staff who work day and night in difficult terrains to ensure that we achieve our mandate,” Farouq said.

The Chief host of the Speaker Series was the Kaduna state Governor, Mallam Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai. 

The Speaker Series is designed to expose Fellows to notable personalities who have distinguished themselves in their various fields of expertise.

Some of the previous speakers include former President Chief Olusegun Obasanajo, Mallam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, HRH Muhammadu Sanusi II the former Emir of Kano,  Deputy Chief of Mission, US. Embassy Abuja, H.E. David J. Young, Deputy-Secretary General of the United Nations Hajiya Amina J. Mohammed, Mrs. Ibukun Awosika – Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria, H.E. Donald Duke the former Governor of Cross River State, H.E Kashim Shettima, Ms. Kadaria Ahmed, Dr. Joe Abah, Ms. Yewande Sadiku, Prof. Pat Utomi, Mr. Mohamad Darwish and Dr. Dakuku Peterside amongst others.

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PDP says Buhari’s Address Disconnected, Fails Empathy Test

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The long-awaited national broadcast by President Muhammadu Buhari on the protests rocking the nation, came with disappoint as it is completely disconnected from the realities of the tragic occurrences in our country in the last two weeks the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said.

This was contained in a statement that was issued by the party’s National publicity, secretary Kola Ologbodiayan in Abuja on Thursday.

The party however appeals to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of our nation.

“The President’s address, in the face of the turmoil witnessed, the unrests as well as the killing of young Nigerians, is to say the least, depressing and failing in empathy test.
“Our party and, indeed, all lovers of peace in our country, were shocked that the President glossed over the immediate trigger of violent protests – the widely condemned killing at the Lekki Toll Gate by security operatives, a situation which created a global concern and drew the attention of the world to the abuse of human rights going on in our country under his watch.

“Painfully too, the President, as the Commander-in-Chief, was silent on the demand by Nigerians for enquires into the involvement of the military in the gruesome killing.
“Sadly, the long awaited address failed to inspire any hope. It failed to address the trepidations, the pervading hopelessness, the drifting towards anarchy and provided no concrete steps on how to arrest the situation and rein in bandits, hoodlums and vandals that were let loose to unleash violence on peaceful protesters and innocent Nigerians.
“In short, from the letters of the address, there were no correlations between the fundamentals of the crisis situation that we have witnessed and the long-sought reaction of the President.”

Furthermore, he said Nigerians had expected that the President will provide the lead for the much- needed overhauling of our security architecture to meet the demands of professionalism and respect for rules of engagement.
“The President also failed to use the opportunity to further heal wounds and inspire hope by outlining a roadmap to open up the economy in a manner that will enable our teeming hard working youths to pursue their productive goals as well as address the issue of pervading hunger in the land.
“However, in solidarity with Nigerians and in honour to the victims of Lekki Toll Gate killing, our party has directed that our flags in all our offices across the nation be flown at half-mast for a period of one week, beginning from Friday, October 23, 2020.

“The PDP urges all men and women of good faith to join forces in praying for our country as well as working towards solutions and peaceful resolution of the crisis that seeks to envelope our dear nation.”

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From Ali Sara, Bauchi

The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) Bauchi State chapter has faulted the conduct of the just concluded Local Government elction in the State describing it as a sham.
He said there was no election but result were declared on social media instead of collation centers

The council therefore called on Governor Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir of Bauchi State to as a matter of urgency dissolve and declare all the seats of newly sworn in Local Government Chairmen/Councillors vacant.

The call was made yesterday during a press briefing at the NUJ Secretariat by the Chairman of IPAC Alhaji Usman Isa who alleged that election did not hold on 17, October 2020.

He said, “The purported local government election of 17th October 2020 in Bauchi State is an irony of democracy as the local government Chairmen and councillors who were sworn in on 18th October 2020 were selected/appointed by the minority rulers.
“If this impunity is allowed, it will be like sacrificing our hard earned democracy on the alter of mediocrity which will pave way for anarchy, God forbid”.

Alhaji Isa said that, ” IPAC is hereby disassociating itself from all the manufactured election results that were declared on Saturday 17th October 2020 in Bauchi State because they were not the product of our democracy.
“Candidates of APC and other political parties who won the elections by the available results from polling units were not declared as winners, the PDP candidates who lost in almost every ward and local government were rather returned as winners which is unacceptable”.

He demanded that Bauchi State Government refund all the official fees paid to the commission by other parties candidate including campaign auxillary expenditure incurred in the election process.

The chairman further demand the immediate dissolution of present members of the Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission (BASIEC) to be replaced with technocrats and nominees from all the political parties with offices in the state.

He said, “Bauchi State Governor should conduct a fresh free and and fair local government election in which all political parties will be given a level playing ground to allow for a sound democratic process”.

According to him, “neither collation offices nor returning officers were seen at the designated wards and local government collation centers. Even where the elections were held the results and electoral materials were abandoned at the polling units without collation at designated wards and local government centers”.

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