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El Rufai spoke for APC in his death threat says Senator Melaye

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El Rufai spoke for APC in his death threat says Senator Melaye

By John Akubo

The senator representing Kogi West ,Dino Melaye has indicated that Governor Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna State was merely speaking the mind of the All progressives Congress (APC) when he threatened foreign observers missions that they would be slaughtered should they interfere with Nigeria internal affairs.
He was speaking against the backdrop of the statement creditated to the Governor of Kaduna-State Nasir El-Rufai that threatened foreign observer mission that should they interfere in Nigeria internal matters they will return to their countries in body bags. Melaye said the Kaduna State Governor is representative of the APC, dog cannot give birth to a monkey, saying that violence is typical of APC.
The senator who spoke to newsmen at Gegu in Kogi Local Government of Kogi State during his campaign tour of the local Government said that he had lost faith in the All progressive Congress at all levels due to their anti people oriented programmes leading to pervasive hunger and starvation.
He said that available records also shows that Kogi state records the highest rate of hunger induced ulcer patients in the country.
Melaye said that the pervasive and unprecedented hunger ravaging the country including Kogi state have made the people to have a rethink about the ruling APC and vowed to pitch their tent with the People Democratic Party under the presidency of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
“I am here in continuation of my consultation, to solicit for the people’s vote and to express appreciation for their tremendous support for my second term Senatorial ambition. As you can see, the level of support and acceptability, it shows that people are disenchanted with the APC led administration at all levels and ready to switch over to PDP.”he said.
He urged those still in doubt to come on board the train that would take them to their destiny.
He said that APC had consistently impoverished Nigerians in the last three and a half year to the extent that the choice in clear today that PDP is a better alternative.
At Kachala town along Abuja/ Lokoja road, Senator Melaye promised to make it a matter of priority to continue to touch the lives of every member of the community.
“As yours is predominantly a Christian community, I will ensure that one or two people from this community will be sponsored on pilgrimage this year and Muslims will also benefit when the time comes.” He said.
He said it is the Kogi West PDP Senatorial rally starting with Kogi local Government, ‘we are in Gegu, we are here to solicit votes.’
“The reception has been wonderful, the enthusiasm of the voters very encouraging and we can say under authority that light shall overcome darkness and by the grace of God Atiku will not only win in this local Government but from what we are seeing on ground he will win with very wide margin.
“I have been assured by the people that from the House of Assembly, to the House of representatives and the senate and the Presidency, they would vote for PDP.
“Voting for PDP is a concluded matter because of the pervasive hunger. Kogi State today have the highest number of ulcer patients in the federal Republic of Nigeria due to hunger as salaries have not been paid, pensioners are being owed, high level of insecurity. People are disenchanted and dissilussioned, they are not happy and so they want PDP back to power to come and come and correct the mess created by the APC.

Former commissioner for Local Government and chieftaincy affairs Tolorunju Faniyi said melaye chances are very bright.
“You can see it for yourself, we have gone through the nooks and crannies of Kogi West his acceptability is very high, you can see people jubilating chanting Dino Melaye, Dino, Dino.
“I think they have come to the realization that Melaye is needed now than ever before. The projects he facilitated, about 147 has justified that he should be given a second term and so that is why the youths, women and everybody in the community is shouting Dino all over.
“There is an attestation of projects anywhere we went, so I think Dino has no problem.”
Since after his ordeal, the senator is coming out for the first time to campaign in person for his reelection bid.
The house of Representatives candidate for the PDP Shaaba and husband team were also with the senator as they campaigned from village to village, house to House in Gegu, Kotokarfe, Girinya down to Lokoja.

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Why women in academia must not stay aloof of politics by Mantu

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Why women in academia must not stay aloof of politics by Mantu

***says without polilitics development would be a mirage

Former deputy President of the Senate Ibrahim Mantu has challenged the women in the academia not to stay aloof of politics because they percieve it to be leprous as there cannot be development without democracy.
He spoke recently in Abuja when the newly formed North Central Peoples Forum (NCPF) met with stakeholders from Kogi to sensitize them on the Forum’s agenda.
Mantu was speaking against the backdrop of comments by Professor Lucy Ogbadu who advised the forum to be apolitical for better developmental strides to be achieved in the zone.
The professor had also made strong case for women to be brought on board in the forum as no development can be achieved without them.
Senator Mantu however said,
“You cannot have Development without politics, politics produces people who are going to govern you, they are the ones that will ensure they manage the resources God has given properly.
He said people like Professor Ogbadu must show interest in politics. “We want women of substance, women who will go and talk so that people will warmly hear them and we would be proud to say this professor is from our zone and that is why she is doing wonderfully well.
“You must join politics so that we can make use of you in the right place because your voice would be better heard.
“There is no way we can compare you a professor with a woman who is on the street no matter what happens and if you are in politics and tomorrow your party wins because you are a professor the chances of you becoming the minister of education or Finance or any higher ministry is there.
“So people like you must not stay aloof and see politics as leprous, no you must show interest in politics so that the best women amongst us can be given the most resounding position that will go a long way to developing our zone and for our lives to be better.”

Professor Ogbadu earlier indicated she is not a politician, but identified immediately with the forum is because of what she saw about the Forum.
“It is a non partizan forum, a Forum geared towards the development of the zone and that is the only thing that endeared this Forum to my heart.
“That is why I have always presented myself. Unfortunately I am the only woman here today and it is in this respect that I wish to request that you should try to bring more women into this forum because there would be no developmental effort within the zone that will succeed without the women.
“You know it even as politicians. Most of you here are politicians. You can not get to the grassroots without women.

“We have to make concerted effort to reach more people and to bring more people on board. Some of you are politicians, the faces that people will see is that of politicians so when you bring people like us that are not politicians people will begin to identify more with the forum.
“Let us make effort to bring people that are apolitical. I also want to appeal to all of us to put away our differences, we are not talking about politics at this forum. We are talking about the backwardness of this zone in terms of development.
“The zone is backward in terms of development. We know the potentials that this zone have, we know we are blessed with capable human resources.
“We have been reminded that Gowon comes from this zone. Gowon is not the only past president from this zone. We can count up to three past heads of State from this zone yet we have nothing to show.
“For this reason I want to appeal to all us, as we make effort that this zone is brought to the limelight we do all we can within our capability to carry everybody along. “The women from this zone are capable, educated, they are beautiful. They have what it takes.”
The North Central Peoples Forum interim chairman Architect Gabriel Aduku said they are now getting closer to the people.
He said they were meeting with the Stakeholders of Kogi, those elected into offices like former Governors, senators and all that to have a close discussion with them on the need for them to key in and support.
“We are just gathering momentum.”

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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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