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Ex-Gov decries money politics at Indigenous Peoples Day

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Ex-Gov decries money politics at Indigenous Peoples Day

The immediate past Governor of Kogi State Capatian Idris Ichalla Wada has decried the unfortunate situation whereby the common people have played into the hands of the very rich in politics in Nigeria by succumbing to monetary inducement for their votes.His concern is that when such leaders emerge through such fraudulent means they feel they have paid their way in hence they don’t care about improving the lives of the people.Wada was speaking on the heals of the commemoration of this year’s World Indigenous People’s Day, a celebration that is commemorated annually on the 9th August,of every year.He said it is an unfortunate tragedy that politics has been turned upside down in Nigeria with killing and maiming of innocent citizens in the quest for politicians to win at all costs. “The main thing is, we are seeing what is happening in other parts of the world  and we know we cannot continue to be moving backwards like this. “At some point there is a bottom line, we have to rejig ourselves and move forward. I have always had hope in the youths but unfortunately the youths are now swayed by money. 
“When we were young money was not the factor, we were busy trying to improve ourselves to be the best of whatever we can be to come out and fight for this country and compete with any other country in the world. 
“Our youths now do not have that global orientation of trying to be the best and that the best in Nigeria can be the best in the world. We have to change our thinking towards that. We can only do that successfully if we are legal in the way we do things according to global standards.
He said Nigerians cannot celebrate being conquered and occupied by people (Politicians) who came in, and believed in their freedom.
He said Nigerians should celebrate their ownership of their coubtry, their emergence as a people of the Country.”Increasingly the US congress started passing resolutions and laws recognizing the indigenous people, eventually it was converted from Columbus day to World Indigenous Peoples day. 
“So it is a celebration of those who established America and you know once the united nations got involved it became a global celebration with global recognition of the indigenous people everywhere, who were there but were occupied, suppressed who have gently emerged and gotten back their self pride and now moving on as owners of the land. “So indigenous Day to my understanding is the celebration of indigenous culture, a day of pride with a lot of cultural displays, it is what goes on in the world now when you talk of indigenous day. He said it is a day of the recognition of the rights of the original occupiers of the land, though technology and modern Government tend to forget about culture, where people came from.He said even those of them living in the cities no longer take their children to the villages, “we don’t do that anymore, we feel in a way superior to our own people at home not to talk of in the early 18th century long ago.”He said, “It is a day of the celebration of indigenous people everywhere in the world which started from America but it is now a global phenomena, recognized by the United Nations for people to have a sense of pride of their culture, of their foundation, of the kind of people they are.

“It is a day of celebration in most places with cultural displays, lectures, seminars on the culture of the people, on the importance of culture. 
“For me culture is the foundation of our being. If you don’t recognize where you come from, whatever you become in life is empty. 
“So that foundation of where you come from and the recognition of you as strong and capable people who had their own way of life, refined by modern science and life which is a convergence of various culture now. 
“I remember in those days women cannot wear trousers in the North, she would be stoned if she is found wearing one, but now all over the north it has been accepted as a mode of dressing but when we look back at our culture that in those days you cannot do certain things, it helps to check our behavior to caution us to a mixed grill between modernity and olden days. 
He said it will give the people their sense of pride and honour so that is what he said he  understands of the indigenous peoples day.
On the new colonialism which is insecurity and the bondage of failed leadership he said “Well human development evolves. Nigeria is one of the greatest countries in the world and that is why wherever you are as a Nigerian you can’t forget this country.”There is so much opportunity, so much diversity , so much strength, so much resources and we keep wondering why we are where we are and whatever reasons you give it boils down to leadership and leadership of the kind of politics we play in this country.”
“Some of us came into politics believing in the noble intention to to improve the lives and living standards of our people but you will find that most of our politicians are driven by material wealth rather than the goal of improving the lives of the people. “A situation where you see a leader as a failure because he comes out of office and he is not stupendously rich,
“We are not asking questions and we are not rewarding those who exhibited discipline and a sense of purpose in contributing to the improvement of lives. Those who have a lot of money tend to control the polity.”

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APC disowns notice on postponement of Membership registration exercise

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APC disowns notice on postponement of  Membership registration exercise

The All progressives Congress (APC) has disclaimed “Notice” in circulation and ascribed to the APC CECPC National Secretary, Sen. John J. Akpan Udoedeghe Ph.D.

The party describes the notice as fake and highly mischievous.

This was contained in a statement that was issued in Abuja, Saturday by its National Secretary
Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) Sen. John J. Akpan Udoedeghe.

The Statement reads, “The APC membership registration, revalidation and update exercise remains on course and commences as scheduled in the attached timetable.

“As earlier announced, the CECPC has approved the constitution of State Membership Registration Committees for the Party’s nationwide membership registration, revalidation and update exercise. This will be followed by a train-the-trainer workshop.”

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Implosion in APC may not give PDP victory in 2023 if the party does not put its house in order says Lamido

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Implosion in APC may not give PDP victory in 2023 if the party does not reconcile aggrieved members says Lamido

The former Governor of Jigawa State Alhaji Sule Lamido has warned his party the Peoples Democratic Party to reconcile aggrieved members to unite as the imminent breakup of the ruling APC may not give it victory unless the members settle their differences amicably.
Lamido stated this at the inauguration of the Jigawa State People’s Democratic Party PDP reconciliation committee in Dutse.

He indicated that the party
Has its own problems adding that it is either they correct it or Nigerians would continue to suffer”

Lamido charged the members of the reconciliation committee to be just and fair in their approach to aggrieved members.

He appealed to aggrieved members to put the party before their interest, for the victory of the party.

“We must forget all our grievances, set aside all our personal interest for us to win because it’s only PDP that can be able to rule this country” he stated.
He said the days of the All Progressive Congress APC are numbered as President Muhammad Buhari will not support Bola Ahmad Tinubu’s candidature in the coming 2023 general.

He claimed that in the near future, there would be no more APC because the whole of APC is made of two people Buhari and Tinubu.

“True of the matter very soon there would be no APC in Nigeria because it’s made up of two persons Buhari and Tinubu”

“And I swear to God Buhari will not support Tinubu’s candidacy coming 2023 general election”

“So since they are the leaders of APC and they have issues everyone will find his way and that would be the end of APC in Nigeria”

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As his lasting legacy, Buhari will bequeat a flawless electoral system for Nigeria says Ohuabunwa

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As his lasting legacy, Buhari will bequeat a flawless electoral system for Nigeria says Ohuabunwa

Founder of Sam Ohuabunwa Foundation for Economic Empowerment, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa has said
President Muhammadu Buhari has no option but to leave a legacy that will put in place an electoral system that will guarantee free and fair processes in all future elections in Nigeria.
Speaking while he unveiled a political platform in Abuja on Wednesday- The New Nigeria Group in furtherance of his presidential ambition for 2023 Ohabuwa expressed the optimism that President Buhari would like to leave that legacy by signing the Electoral Reforms Bill being considered by the National Assembly into law.
However, he said his optimism is not a total trust in Buhari but based on what happened in the two most recent elections of Edo and Ondo States that were fairly seen to be free and transparent.
“I am not trusting in Buhari to do the electoral reforms, I don’t put my trust in any human being, because remember the Bible said how miserable for anybody that trusts in the arm of flesh.
“What I have said is that from what I have seen in the last two elections, I am not talking about electoral law or no electoral law. We don’t need any electoral law to conduct a free and fair elections, we don’t, it is for us to determine to have a free and fair election and this can happen in my favor and the favor of Nigeria.
“I said I can read the president’s body language, he is interested, I predicted this in Benin during the election that Obaseki’s election was going to be a part of the new Nigeria, I said so and it is on tape because I knew from what I saw there the election was generally free and fair.
“That of Ondo was almost the same thing, so I am seeing a trend and that trend will continue. Again Nigerians have become wiser, because they have been in this business for too long, they have been collecting money and they end up where they started.
“They have been pushed to do what they don’t want to do, vote for people they don’t believe in because of pecuniary considerations or stomach infrastructure and after that they are returned to penury.
“Nigerians are becoming enlightened and that is the job of the New Nigerian group to get more Nigerians understand that if we want to change the situation we must take our state in our hands vote the right candidate, protect the votes as they did in the two states of Edo and Ondo.
“I also believe the electoral act would be signed into law. What happened in 2018 is not the same, everybody that wants to leave office will like to leave a legacy. I trust that President Buhari will leave a legacy of bequeathing a free and fair election.”
It is good to allow the leadership of this country at least for once before
The NNG, according to the former Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO) of Pfizer/Neimeth, plans to mobilize like minded citizens to install enlightened, visionary and committed leadership in the country.
He said that the group is out to make the country a first world nation “where all the citizens live in harmony, are treated equally to achieve peace and prosperity for all.”
He listed the core values and guiding philosophy of the group to include knowledge, industry, integrity, patriotism, justice, freedom/liberty and godliness.
He noted that the four challenges facing the country which he hopes to tackle if voted into office as president include poverty, corruption, injustice and insecurity.
He insisted that solving the problem of poverty  would largely solve the problem of corruption while solution to injustice will help deal with insecurity.
He said he has been moving around the country to sell the vision of a new Nigeria where things will be done on merit and in the fear of God.
He said that the country must shift from a nation of importers and consumers to a haven of innovators and producers.
“We need to work hard and work smart to raise our productivity and be in a position to increase our gross national productivity in an effort to improve prosperity and drive down poverty,” he said.
He lamented that the country is divided due to misguided leadership.
“Every child born in this country should have equal chance with every other child to achieve his or her full potentials without discrimination as to his state of birth, ethnicity or religion,” he said.
He said that the group seeks courageous Nigerians that can stand up to their convictions.
He added that the NNG believes that the country has under performed as a result of lack of integrity in its leadership thereby fueling endemic corruption.
“The new Nigeria we seek must be birthed by a crop of Nigerians who are principled and with high moral and spiritual strength to stand up for what is right and righteous,” he said.
Ohuabunwa said that he is not in a hurry to pitch his tent with any of the existing political parties at the moment.
He said that the group would choose from any of the political parties available to actualise its presidential ambition when the times comes.

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