Blind women root for Natasha Akpoti as Kogi Governor
SDP candidate says she is in the race to eliminate god fatherism and thuggery
By John Akubo
The President, National Association of Blind Women in Nigeria, Amina Usman has asked the women in Kogi State to tell their husbands who may be contesting election to step down for Natasha Akpoti the candidate of Social Democratic Party (SDP) for the election.
She also challenged Blind women in Kogi state to troop out on November 16 to queue behind Natasha Akpoti of the Social Democratic Party to make her aspiration realizable as governor of Kogi state.
She spoke yesterday at the ⁸a conference in support of female candidates that emerged in Kogi State at the National Council for Women Societies headquarters in Abuja.
Amina spoke through the former Secretary General African Union of the blind, Esther Audu.
She said because women are caregivers if Barrister Natasha Akpoti is elected Governor of Kogi State she will wipe away all tears of women and persons living with disability.
“When we heard that there is a woman candidate we decided to work for her.
“We were imagining and thinking of ways out, solutions to get the phone number of the blind women in Kogi and since we are also physically we planned on how to get the phone number of the disable women there and men for them to come out enmass and vote for Natasha.”
She promised that they would go to Kogi to mobilise the physically challenged to vote for the SDP candidate.
“I want to urge you women that even if it is your husband that is coming out for Governorship please tell him to withdraw and give chance to the women.
Ahe said she is aware of the situation in Kogi, because their fellow physically challenged used to call them to ask them for money as they have been suffering due to lack of salary.
“I know the situation of Kogi because I know how much I have been sending to fellow blind colleagues.
“So if a woman emerges as a Governor, there would be change of the narratives. We women should not be the ones that will turn against fellow women.
She said there is no time again, it is now time to try fellow woman and see what she can do.
“If we vote Natasha in she will shake Nigeria with her political reforms
She said women should stop singing for men, we are not meant to be singing but to also be voted for. So please Kogi women stop singing for men.”
Addressing the women, National President, National Council of Women Societies, Dr. Gloria Laraba Shoda lamented the low gender rating status of Nigeria.
She said the figures so far shows how the nation shuts off her other half.
“Over the years we have not been happy with the fact that Nigeria is one of the lowest rankings in the gender gap index in politics and governance in Africa and the rest of the world. According to the Human Development index in Gender inequality in 2015 Nigeria ranked 152 out of 188 countries and in 2017 ranked 118 out of 192 countries.
“The breakdown of our lagging behind shows that we still have no female governors in the country amongst other gender deficiencies. Despite the fact that 88 women vied for the gubernatorial in the last election cycle in
“March 2019, none of them won.
“For the entire election, 2,970 female contestants vied for different posts, but only 62 won their elections overall, while female political participation increased, female elective representation in our legislatures, particularly the National Assembly has dropped,” she stated.
On her part, the SDP candidate, Natasha Akpoti said she is in the race to confront thuggery and god fatherism which has undermined the true value of democratic dividend to the people on whose mandate politicians are elected into offices.
She said the critical sector for human development: education and health can be funded to reduce the burden on women who are concern for the welfare of their children.
According to her it does not cost much to make the public school the envy of all and provide for functional hospitals to cater for the health of Kogi people across all strata.
She assured the women that she will be their ambassador and would inspire younger women to dare the status quo for a better life.
Austin Okai tackles FKK, says he praise sings Gov Bello for stomach infrastructure
Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has come under heavy attack by the Peoples Democratic Party Youth activist, Usman Austin Okai for praise singing Governor Yahaya Bello.
Okai told Fani-Kayode that his quest to tackle his stomach infrastructure challenges after going broke has made a mess of his status as former Minister that he has now thrown caution to the wind belittling his ego.
He said by pouring unmerited praises on Kogi State governor during his 46th birthday without any project to his credit amounts to raising the bar of treachery that hasn’t been seen in the 21st century.
Okai who is a leading opposition figure in Kogi politics said there is maladministration and mismanagement of resources in Kogi State advising the former minister to rise above his stomach and pecuniary gains, and desist from insulting the sensibilities of Kogi indigenes.
The activist spoke in a statement that was made available to the NationalUpdate in Abuja on Thursday
He said,“I have observed with great dismay the complimentary remarks and comments showered on the infamous Governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, by a former minister of the country, Chief Fani Kayode.
“Until recently, Chief Fani Kayode used to be a man I hold in high esteem, but is gradually tilting towards the path of infamy.
“I expected that being a man, who has served at the highest level of government, the Federal Executive Council, Fani Kayode should be able to differentiate good governance from clownishness, but I was wrong.
“Since the past days, FFK has been using every opportunity and platforms that he has to insult the sensibilities of Kogi indigenes and residents, who have been at the receiving end of Bello’s evil and maladministration, by labelling a man, unanimously agreed as failure in our State, as a performer.
“The same Yahaya Bello, who is infamously known as a disgrace to youths and governance, is the man Chief Kayode coronated with the robe of champion of Nigerian youths.
“It is unfortunate that since 2015, FFK has fallen from the exalted office of Campaign Spokesman to President Goodluck Jonathan to the clownish state of instability and riff-raffism.
“His notorious instability has seen him become a champion of Biafra secession whenever he is with Nnamdi Kanu; a champion of Oduduwa republic secession whenever he’s is with Sunday Igboho, and at the same time an advocate of one united Nigeria whenever he is with Yahaya Bello or any Nigerian Governor.
“Will a mental stable person be an advocate of secession and at same time an advocate of united Nigeria?”
“While I am not against the decision of Chief Kayode to take advantage of the wastefulness of Governor Bello, he would have done himself good by quietly taking his share and hide his shame instead of exposing his disgrace.
“It will be in the interest of Chief Fani Kayode to respect himself as a former minister and rise beyond the dictates of his stomach.
“He can’t be a critic of the failed Buhari administration but at the same time praise Yahaya Bello, who is a much greater failure.
“Kogi State indigenes will not fold arms and watch anyone insult their sensibilities and make them look stupid simply because such person craves to fulfil the ambition of his stomach”.
2023 election: Why Nigerians must demand for new electoral act – Buba Galadima
Former National Secretary of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) party Alhaji Buba Galadima has enumerated reasons why Nigerian leaders of thought must mobilize the citizens and all political parties to demand for an electoral act before the 2023 election.
Speaking at a One Day Stakeholders Summit on Democracy in Nigeria with the theme, Elections: Participation and safety in the face of growing insecurity he said, Nigeria has no electoral act that can guide the people since the one in use is outdated.
“Our electoral law is an outdated one, since 2010 there has not been any new electral law so the world is moving we are not being waited for. Now no electiral law which means no guide to election. So if we mobilse the people where are we taking them to. All the citzens
“We must mobilise all groups to stand up and face our oppressors, that there must be electoral act that will guarranttee the sanctity of the votes of the people.
The former ally of President Buhari said the use of technology is the only way out of the present mess.
“I want to say all the five elections if we want to cut cost can be done in one day. It was done in one day in this country. So you cut down on electoral expenditure.
Lesser electoral officers, electoral materials and there is no need for any security agents anywhere near any polling booth if we are just to ourselves.
“How can we be just and bring about an electoral act that will guarrantee free and fair election? We have to use technology. Once we cannot use technology then we cannot get it right.
“Let us have a time frame on the day of election from 8am to 1pm, we all do accreditation and all the thumb printing on the card reader or whatever instrument should be electronically transmitted to a cenral server.
“Then by 1pm all servers should be switched off and all the accredited voters all over would have been flashed for the world to see so that if in Sokoto for instance 500, 000 people have are accredited to vote, in FCT 200, 000 and at the end we have a complete tally of all accredited voters. “If it is 20milion people therefore at the end when votes are counted there should be no one single vote more than the 20million people.
He said the card reader should such that it recognises only one vote.
He said when that is done everyone would be encouraged.
He accused the Governors as the enemies of the Nigerian democracy saying they worse are the ones promoting insecurity.
“They are the worse culprits. They have killed the local Government, they have taken our common wealth. They have made all of us their own slaves.
On the over militarization of the polling units he said
“In my community they say use the man in front so that we can measure the depth of the river. Just when we leave visit INEC office next door and you will see the amount of securty that are there.
“It is worse than a garrison commaners office in war torn Bokoharam area of Borno and Yobe or the miliary area of Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto and Kaduna or Niger.
“This is INEC office. Why. If you go to Ghana the Electoral Commission chairman is accessible,
He said when he went to understudy the card reader in Ghana it was then he understood the advantage of technology in bringing to bare free and fair electoral process.
“This was when I understudied the Ghanian use of the electoral card reader which helped Buhari to become the President of Nigeria who has now vehemently refused to enthrench a level playing field for political parties to follow.
“The point I was trying to make is that violence, insecurity are diretly the products of injustice, when there is no justice, Violence and insecurity will continue in our country.
He said the electorates can not be mobilised as their votes do not count.
He said it is because, Nigeria is a country where the judiciary can uphold an election of a number 4 person according to the tally of votes and make him a Governor of a State.
A lot of people come to me for advise and I tell them don’t contest election yet, do you have at least 500 Ak47 rifles? That is the question I asked.
“For the presidency you don’t just need a battallion but you need a whole division of the Nigerian Army to police your polling booths so where are we heading to, where are we going, The future is bleak
APC Convention: Permutations favor emergence of Senator from Niger State
The saying that once beaten twice shy might be the case with the All Progressives Congress (APC) as it prepares for its National Convention having taken its time in a calculative manner to ensure it elects the chairman that can lead the party to victory in 2023, not crises.
Based on the strength of that, a chieftain of the party has indicated that a dark horse might likely emerge as the National Chairman of the party.
The chieftain who recalled the recent ugly experience of that undesirable type of leadership which almost took the party to Golgota said never again would they elect such leadership.
The APC stalwarts who craved anonymity said that the dark horse is a serving Senator from Niger State.
Within his permutation, he said two aspirants have indicated interest from Niger State, a former Minister and Serving Senator but the lot favors the serving Senator.
He said, “You should also know that there are two other former Governors from the North Central who have indicated interest for the position. One is from Benue state and the other is from Nasarawa State.
“But as l speak to you now the governors have taken their mind off them.
“The reason is hinged on the fact that the experience they had with the former governor who was the National Chairman the party.”
The chieftain posited also that the Senators are making case for the serving Senator from Niger State on the grounds that since the inception of APC all the National Chairmen had been former Governors.
Further, he said,”From all indications and the narratives in strategic blocks in the party, it shows that the support base of two frontline aspirants in the person of a vocal serving senator and a former minister both from the North Central zone are most likely going to dominate the permutations for the race of who becomes the new national chairman of the party in the next national convention which is coming up in few months.
“There are indications that the serving senator is said to be popular amongst young political class as he is versatile in managing the diversity and strength of both the old and new generation of politicians, he is outspoken against a society that groom bad and inept leadership, which pundits believe it can result in establishing bad governance.
His silent mentioned has today created a challenge for older politicians and will be making it look tough in the coming days for the older hands on how to deal with the dynamics of the permutations.
“For the former minister who was also a one time member of the lower green chamber, the political environment may proof too difficult as pundits believed he will be used, and the fear is that It makes the party future uncertain. He is a good schemer in the game of party politics and within the macro environment, but when it comes to rallying round the party leadership blocks and populace he will face a herculean task to manage.”
According to the chieftain, the old hands that have indicated their ambitions to contest if given the opportunity may throw the party into turmoil, those that have openly declared interest are former governors of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, Nasarawa, Umaru Tanko Almakura, Zamfara, Abdulazeez Yari and a few others. They are all seen to carry one baggage or the other that may affect the fortunes of the party come 2023. Majority of the APC faithfuls are of the opinion that new breed of leadership is desirable for the party, they are ferocious of the old class emerging this time again as they believe it will be business as usual and they are of the opinion that they don’t know what the problem is and they don’t know how it can be solved.
However, the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee has not concluded the date for the National Convention as the proposed time table for the congresses is before the President, Muhammadu Buhari awaiting approval.
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