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Controversies as Kogi East endorses ADC senatorial candidate 



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Controversies as Kogi East endorses ADC senatorial candidate 

By John Akubo

Political leaders in Kogi East Senatorial District may have taken the zone’s destiny in their hands, as they have endorsed Victor Adoji, a senatorial candidate on ADC platform for 2019 National Assembly election.
The reason for their action may not be unconnected with the feeling that the senatorial district had suffered misrepresentation in the Red Chamber over the years, owing to the incumbent senator, Attai Aidoko’s penchant for always using the court to return to the Senate, even after being defeated at the polls.

In the last six years, the senatorial district had had opportunity to change the baton more than four times, but Attai Aidoko always triumphed at the court to retain the seat.

The task of coming up with a desirable and acceptable candidate to turn the tide in the district’s favour and actualise the dream was given to a sub-committee of Kogi East Elders Council. And having completed its assignment, the sub-committee made its stand known.

A recent interactive report submitted by the sub-committee read: “At a time the Igala/Bassa ethnic nationalities have found themselves at a critical crossroads in their political itinerary, the Kogi East Elders Council established the Political Committee to facilitate a viable and smooth political transition and development in the zone. The Committee membership was drawn from political and business elite, the academia, various professionals and socio-cultural groups.”

The committee’s mandate includes, providing level playing field for contestants at the local, state and federal levels, as well as screening and presenting the best candidates, irrespective of political affiliation. 

Apparently from past experiences, the elders felt the district had lost a lot of political grounds at the state and federal levels.

No doubt, the demise of late Prince Abubakar Audu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the 2015 Governorship election in the state at the verge of victory created a vacuum in Kogi East political leadership, the home of the Igalas.

Audu’s death altered the political equation vis-a-vis the Igala’s relevance in the state and country.

And just as the people were putting behind them the pain of his death, another tragedy befell the senatorial district, when on March 6, 2016, the minister of State for Labour and employment, James Ocholi also died in a motor accident along Kaduna-Abuja highway.

After Ocholi’s death, it was almost six months before a replacement was made with Prof Stephen Ocieni, the current Minister of State for Labour and employment.

In 2011, barely one year into the 6th National Assembly, the Senator who won the election, Barrister Dangana Ocheje lost to Aidoko at the Appeal Court. 

In 2015, Abdulrahman Abubakar, an APC candidate, won the election and was sworn in. Not long after, however, Aidoko went to court over impropriety at the primary election that produced Abubakar.

He won the case, as the seat was declared vacant and a rerun election was ordered.

But Isaac Alfa, who was already in court over ownership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket won against Aidoko, and was fielded in the rerun election. The APC candidate was barred from contesting and PDP won in the rerun.

Again, Aidoko went to court and was returned. Since 2015, Kogi East has had a turnover of not less than three senators, with almost one-year vacuum.

Expectedly, this has not gone down well with the leaders, who were annoyed by the automatic ticket given Aidoko by the opposition PDP’s National Working Committee.

Knowing that the only political position under their control, which is that of the Senator representing the district should not be left in jeopardy, the leaders felt the best way forward was to regroup and strategise.

The meeting held at Chida International Hotel, Abuja on December 7 and 8, 2018, was said to have lasted hours, as each candidate was made to undergo rigorous screening. Adoji emerged winner with the highest score of 88.8 percent.

After the event, the committee chairman said: “On the basis of outcome of the interaction, the candidate who deservedly scored the highest rating, Dr. Victor Alewo Adoji of ADC, is hereby recommended for adoption as the Igala/Bassa senatorial candidate come 2019.”

The committee said it had found in Dr. Adoji “a focused, dynamic, clear-headed and patriotic young man, whose antecedent coupled with his vision will propel Igala/Bassa people and land to heights that would be envied by others in the nearest future.”

The group, therefore, urged traditional, community and political leaders, as well as the academia, market women, socio-cultural organisations and the entire district to ensure Adoji’s victory in the forthcoming general elections.

Analysts said the candidature of Adoji, the former corporate communications manager of Zenith Bank, has received blessings, as his philanthropic disposition has endeared him to many people. Indeed, a door-to-door sensitisation campaign for his victory is already underway.

Many people are also supporting Adoji because the PDP senatorial primary billed to hold in Idah did not, as aspirants waited in vain for arrival of voting materials. At the end, the incumbent Senator representing the district, Aidoko’s name was submitted.

Many PDP leaders were not happy with result of the primary. Their grouse was that the district had suffered enough misrepresentation over the years. So, they would have preferred a candidate with lighter baggage.

There seemed to be an unwritten agreement that PDP would work for Adoji, who moved to ADC to actualise his ambition.

However, the chairman of Emerging Leaders Forum, Kogi East, Dr. Salisu Ogbo Usman picked holes in the processes adopted by the sub-committee of the Elders’ Council, saying Adoji’s purported adoption was a pre-determined hatchet job to manipulate Kogi East elders

Usman stated that the criteria used for the adoption was “deliberately and manipulatively crafted to suit the set purpose without bearing in mind the derivable benefits for Kogi East electorate. The adoption was craftily designed to favour a particular party candidate.” 

The Kogi State ADC Grassroots Frontiers, however, commended the Elders’ Council for adopting Adoji. 

Speaking at a press conference at Anyigba recently, President of the group, Mr. Atek’ojo Samson Usman said the Elders Council manifested much-desired wisdom at tackling the political quagmire the zone found itself at the Senatorial level.

The body lauded the elders for being audacious in the face of intimidation, and for defying threats to their lives from certain quarters. 

It noted that due process was followed in the choice of Dr. Victor Alewo Adoji, and that the Council’s decision would usher in a new era in Kogi East political firmament. 

The group cautioned the Council to be wary of those playing the second fiddle, just as it urged the elders to be wary of “political contractors, who would fake political groups to put pressure on them in order to change their stand.” 

According to them, there was no need for those who are indisposed to the development to make a storm out of a teacup.
Culled from The Giardian

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




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

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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PDP says Buhari’s Address Disconnected, Fails Empathy Test

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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IPAC demands fresh LG election in Bauchi




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IPAC demands fresh LG election in Bauchi

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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