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Prof Idegu who is head of department of Theatre, Film and Carnival Studies, University of Calabar, speaking in Abuja with the NationalUpdate recently, expressed disappointment with President Muhammadu Buhari whom he said has not done much to justify the goodwill of Nigerians towards his election in 2015.
“If you ask for my personal appraisal of the President, he has not done much. What are we talking about? He knows himself that he has not done much. Those who surround him they know that he has not done much.”However, on whether he deserves a second term, he said he does not know saying that the result they pasted alludes to the fact that he should have a second term, since the result on ground is saying that the man won election.”Who am I to say that he didn’t win? Whoever is dissatisfied by the result should go to court. I know right now the validity of his victory is being challenged at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal but that notwithstanding personally I do not think he has done enough.””I don’t know whether my appraisal will add or minus anything because in the first place I could not vote as I was disenfranchised by INEC, so for me that alone is a minus. “I relocated from Ahmodu Bello University (ABU) to University of Calabar and I went through the process of revalidating my voters card through transfer with that of my wife. “My wife had hers transfered but for me I kept on checking till a few days to the election even the Sunday before the election,  I went there and I was told I have to wait for the next election. So what should I do? The card I came with from Zaria was not valid for me to cast my vote in Calabar and I could not start jumping to Zaria to go and cast my vote.”Look at the issue of security, “we have a president who is an ex-military Head of State, a retired General and we are having these type of security challenge that is looking so elastic, so elusive.”Take the Fulani herdsmen, they have become spirits that cannot be apprehended. I do not sanction violence but I will never support injustice. Juxtapose the matter of the Fulani herdsmen with that of IPOB that were designated as terrorists.”He argued that the IPOB of South East Nigeria never killed people before they were branded terrorists,  wondering why Fulani attackers were treated with kid gloves. 
Fulani herdsmen have been causing  nightmare in Nigeria throughout his first tenure without President Buhari taking drastic action. 
According to him, Muhammadu Buhari, a Fulani man understands the culture of Fulani herders who are daily wrecking havoc,  but refused to call them to other. 
The University Don explained that it was unfathomable to see the level of insecurity in the last four years, given President Buhari’s background as a retired Military General, adding that he made insecurity elusive in the country. 
Professor Idegu urged President Buhari to borrow a leaf from how late President Umar Musa Yar’adua handled Niger Delta militants,  saying that no criminals deserves special treatment in Nigeria.   

“Do you know how many people Fulani herdsmen have annihilated and rendered many children orphans and widows?  Yet Buhari’s government could not classify those people as terrorists.” 
“During late President Musa Yardua’s days,  there was heavy agitation by the Niger Delta militants who were blowing pipes.” 
“They were not killing people and Yar’dua asked his deputy then,  Goodluck Jonathan to go and talk to his people.   Jonathan discussed with his people and they downed their guns and Amnesty was struck.”
“What is wrong if Mr. President who is of Fulani extraction called his people to say, enough is enough? Even if they would not listen to him, let it be on record that he called them for a round table discussion.” 
He insisted that criminals causing wanton destruction of lives across the country were Fulani herdsmen. 
“Right now,  they said Fulani herdsmen have become more terrible than Boko Haram.  Then,  we have Fulani herdsmen, we have Boko Haram and they are also saying, they should not call them Fulani herdsmen; are they Igala herdsmen?  Are Igbo herdsmen? Are they Tiv herdsmen or who are they?” 
“I love Fulani that are peace loving.  They are wonderful set of people,  but there is a group among them that is making life unbearable for quite a number of people in the country and they are of Fulani extraction.”He said the insecurity alone is enough for the President to resign in advanced countries esoecially the fact that the president has not been able to handle security issues as it is supposed to be..On the issue of the Kidnap of an Emir in Daura, he said the live of an Emir is one just like that of any other Nigerian.Professor Idegu said a traditional ruler was also kidnapped in Kaduna South and later he was killed and nothing has become of the case.”The failure of this Government to handle security issues is enough in developed countries for the President to down tools and go back to his Village.”What they do now is comparing how many were killed during the last administration withe the present Government.”So we are now trading with the number of lives that have been lost, what is happening?He said he was expressing his views as an individual adding that he is not talking for the department in the University but as a person and as a Nigerian.”If you go to the education sector, what have we added so far for the past four years. I am talking as a professor. You will be Alarmed if I tell you how much my salary is, you will be alarmed if I tell the condition under which we are working. “People outside hardly understand.  We keep talking of the need to fund education they would say they are tired of ASUU. The moment they begin to fund education ASUU would have no excuse. Go to the economy what have we achieved so far. “Where are we now, where were we four years ago? How much is a bag of rice now? How much did we buy it four years ago? I am not saying the price should be static. How much is Naira going now for One Dollar and how much was it four years ago?”How much was a liter of fuel four years ago and how much are we buying it now? Has my salary increased since the past four years? But I jump from N95 per liter to N146 per liter.The University Don indicated that the moment the price of petrol is increased it affects virtually everything.”The market situation is determined by this mono economy that we are running.”On whether Buhari will do better in his second term, he said if Buhari has said tougher times are ahead Nigerians who voted him should expect tougher times. “I thought we were going to hear better days are coming but since he has said tougher days awaits us we will wait as all of cannot die at the same time. Those of us who will survive will tell the Story as four years is not four is not for ever.”

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From Ali Sara, Bauchi

As the people of Bauchi State file out tomorrow to exercise their franchise in the Local Government election, the battle for supremacy between the two major gladiating political parties; the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressive Congress (APC) is expected to play out.

The immediate past speaker of the House of representatives Honorable Yakubu Dogara who recently joined the APC in his Bogoro local government has vowed to leave no stone unturned having embarked on door to door campaign to ensure victory.
Those vying for the chairmanship seat in the local government are Honorable Bulus Iliya of APC and Honorable Iliya Habila of PDP who are both former Senior Special Assistants to the former Speaker.

Flagging off his campaign Wednesday Honorable Iliya said that he is not afraid of the ruling party because the youth and women are with him.

According to him, he cannot be intimidated by anybody saying he does whatever he sets out to do without fear.
“I don’t fear face because I believe in God and God decide who will rule the LGA. I am not afraid that I am contesting against the ruling party, why because I know the masses are with me and I am sure I will defeat PDP on saturday”.

The APC candidate alleged that the only option for the ruling People’s Democratic Party is to try to manipulate the election because they have the government.
He expressed the believe that with God and the people by his side he will win the election.

“Definitely, if they are going to conduct a credible election we will be victorious come this Saturday”, he confidently boasted.

He called on the electorate to be law abiding, even as he advised them to protect their votes.

On his part Honorable Iliya Habila who is the immediate past Care taker Chairman of Bogoro LGA and the flag bearer of the PDP said he does not need to campaign because within the ten months of his stewardship in office the people can testify to his giant strides in the area of human and infrastructure development.

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President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has sent a congratulatory message to the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, on his re-election to a second term at Saturday’s election.
Lawan also congratulated the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the victory of its candidate at the election, saying the triumph is well-deserved and heart warming.This was contained in a statement that was issued in Abuja yesterday by his special adviser on media Ola Awoniyi.The president of the senate noted that the election was a referendum on the stewardship of Governor Akeredolu in the last four years and that the Governor has passed the examination in flying colours.
The Senate President commended the people of Ondo State for their peaceful conduct at the poll, which has demonstrated their confidence in their country’s democratic process.
He also thanked the Ondo people for their consistency in identifying with progressive platforms now ably represented by the APC.
“By the outcome of this election, the people of Ondo State have spoken in a loud and unambiguous voice that the APC offers the best platform for the pursuit of their development goals and political aspirations.
“The electoral victory in Ondo State is a re-affirmation of the people’s faith in the APC government and the capacity of Governor Akeredolu to continue the transformation of  the state by consolidating on his achievements and opening new frontiers of development in the Sunshine State,” Lawan says.
The Senate President admonished the Governor not to deviate from the path that has taken him to a fresh mandate from his people. He also urges him to continue to implement APC’s progressive programmes for the benefit of all Ondo people.
Lawan called on other contestants in the election to join hands with the winner in working for the common good of Ondo people.

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A foremost media support group of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue State, has described as untrue, the propaganda on the social media that some members of the party defected to the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC).

The group, Benue South PDP Social Media, in a statement on Friday by its Coordinator, Comrade Yemi Itodo, said those selling such propaganda were only doing so for personal gains, urging the public to disregard such “unfounded rumours”.

The John Ngbede led State Working Committee of the PDP had, on Tuesday, inaugurated the executive of the Ogbadibo chapter of the PDP.

Barely 48 hours after the inauguration, some APC members took to the social media, suggesting that some members of the PDP abandoned the party for the broom party.

But Comrade Itodo in the statement, said it was rather the APC members that indicated interests to join the ruling PDP which the chapter Chairman of the party, Hon. Vincent Amuche had hinted the state leadership of PDP and a new date shall be fixed to welcome over 3000 members of opposition parties who are itching to join PDP.

“I can authoritatively tell you that there shall be great tsunami in the camps of the opposition parties in the coming weeks. What has been delaying it was the inability to inaugurate the elected chapter executives, due to COVID-19.

“But now they are being inaugurated and you will be shocked at the caliber of persons that have already concluded arrangements to join PDP”, Itodo said.

He stressed that, “no member of PDP left the party for any other party”, challenging anyone with names and wards of those defectors to publish them.

“The truth is that, some aggrieved persons left their parties after the primaries did not favour them few years ago and joined forces with APGA, SDP, Labour, etc. So, if those persons decided to rejoin their parties, how would you ascribe such defections as from PDP?

“Do you know how many great members of PDP that had since returned to the party in their various wards without making noise”, Itodo posited.

While calling on the leadership of PDP in Ogbadibo and Benue South not to be distracted in the quest to have estranged members reunited into the fold and create enabling environment for those willing to defect to the party; Comrade Itodo warned the opposition parties against heating up the polity at the time all hands must be on deck in the business of governance of Benue State.

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