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Former Kogi Speaker Dumps APC for SDP as new platform for Lokoja-Koto bye election.

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Former Kogi Speaker Dumps APC for SDP as new platform for Lokoja-Koto bye election.

By John Akubo

The Immediate past Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. Umar Ahmed Imam has dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Social Democratic Party (SDP) the platform on which he plans to actualize his ambition of winning the Lokoja/Kotokarfe bye election.
Imam announced his defection in a well attended press conference made up of media men and National, State and Local Government Area Party officials from Lokoja-Koto federal constituency.

The lawmaker who is currently representing Lokoja 1, State Constituency says he is embracing the SDP as an alternative party to contest the forthcoming Lokoja-Koto Federal constituency bye election slated for August 11, 2019.
The former speaker, who said he had already written the state house of assembly about his defection, said he was shut out of the party by the leadership of the party in the state.
He declared his intention to contest the forthcoming by-election into the Lokoja/Kogi federal constituency seat on the platform of the SDP, sayinh the current leadership of the party in the state betrayed those that laboured to build it.

He said virtually all those that worked for the success of the APC in the last general election were shut out by the state government.

According to him, as a foundation member of the APC and a former speaker of the house, he was instrumental to the stabilisation of the Yahaya Bello led government which was bedevilled with crises because of the unusual manner he emerged.

Imam explained that before quitting the ruling party, he made several efforts at reconciling aggrieved members by meeting the former national chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun and other members of the leadership of the party.

He, however, noted that he was vilified by the state government because of his refusal to support the botched recall of the senator representing Kogi west senatorial district, Dino Melaye, following which he was completely shut out of the party.

Imam said, “I was vilified for not supporting the recall of senator Dino Melaye, I made my stand known that I was for reconciliation, I spoke for the people, I was attacked and removed for it, those who suffered to build the party were not rewarded.

“There were three national efforts towards Kogi reconciliation but they all failed. I told the newly constituted reconciliation committee that they were behind time and that the committee was not a sincere one, if they are sincere they should go back to Tony Momoh’s committee report”.

The former speaker, however, said his defection was coming late because he had hoped that the leadership of the party would encourage participation of every party member in its affairs and decision-making process and genuinely reconcile with aggrieved members to unify it.

He, however, said following due consultations he and his followers had joined the SDP, saying it was the only truly progressive party in the country.
He said he defected from the APC because of the prolonged crisis in the party that had led to its fictionalisation at both the state and the national levels.

Imam said he is confident of victory in the forthcoming bye election, described himself as a grassroots politician who has paid his dues with experience as a former speaker and a serving member going for him

“The decision I must say was arrived at after I had waited patiently, for several months, hoping that the APC leadership would encourage participation of every party member in the affairs of the party and in the decision making process to genuineness reconcile with aggrieved members.
However he said that was not done to unify the party members as the crises and division in party continued unabated.
According to the former Speaker he was been vilified for his forthrightness and ability to speak what is considered uncomfortable and the truth to those at the helms of affairs in the state.
He said his greatest undoing was advising the party leadership against the recall of Senator Dino Melaye and the effort to bring back all who worked for the victory of the party abinitio.”

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Zamfara Bye-election: 2 persons feared dead in Bloody clashes among rival thugs

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Zamfara Bye-election: 2 persons feared dead in Bloody clashes among rival thugs

Clashes between rival political thugs have left 2 people dead in Zanfara ahead of the by-election tomorrow
The police imposed a 24-hour curfew in Bakura and Talata Mafara LGAs after two persons were killed and several others injured
The thugs also destroyed several vehicles and billboards in the areas.
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in Charge of Zone 10, Mustapha Muhammad, said the curfew was to avoid breakdown of law and order.

There has been tension in the state as two leading candidates of the opposition All Progressives Congress and the ruling People’s Democratic Party ended campaigns yesterday at the same time.
The contest is mainly between APC’s Bello Dankande Gamji and PDP’s  Tukur Ibrahim Tudu though 12 candidates of other parties are also in the race.
The PDP had earlier alleged that the APC was planning to disrupt the election by arming thugs; the allegation which the latter dismissed.

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Lamido asks Buhari to beg God for mercy for failing

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Lamido asks Buhari to beg God for mercy for failing

Having failed Nigerians on his campaign promises, President Muhammadu Buhari should be sober with a contrite heart by returning to God to beg for mercy, former Jigawa state governor, Sule Lamido has said.


The former governor was speaking against the backdrop of the recent gruesome killing of 43 farmers by Boko Haram terrorists and bandits in some parts of the North.

Lamido who was monitored on the BBC Hausa service in Abuja said Buhari should drop his ego by seeking God’s forgiveness.
“There is no way a government can continue successfully without sabotage but you need to be strong enough to overcome such challenges. If really, he cannot withstand this he has to resign, but we can’t be accepting sabotage as a reason.

“He has failed totally, if not that he failed how will he allow some people to slaughter 43 people? How will he allow bandits to raid villages and set them on fire and rape their women? Definitely something is wrong somewhere,” he said.

On the future of the country, Sule Lamido said, “Allah is merciful to his servants we hope our prayers will be answered, but Buhari has to go fisrt. He should ask himself that what offences has he done to Allah. He need to wake up in the mid night, drop his arrogance and pray. He should ask for Allah’s forgiveness on the offences he has committed.

“He is arrogant and always speaking with pride. Many people have said it and we have seen it. In the last four years if you said something like this you will be cursed but now the truth has come. The problem is he doesn’t listen to what people are saying, but everyone has spoken out. People are tired, the Ulamas, the masses, the traditional leaders and all people have spoken out.”

“When Buhari was sick Nigerian prayed for him  and they are still doing but he failed to address their challenges,” he added.

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Gender Equality: NASS careful not to enthrone further discrimination says Omo-Agege

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Gender Equality: NASS careful not to enthrone further discrimination says Omo-Agege 

By Joseph Sunday


The Deputy President of the Senate and Chairman, Senate Adhoc Committee on Constitution Review, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has described the bill on Gender Equality sponsored by Senator Biodun Olujimi as challenging in that it may be difficult to achieve the goals without enthroning new set of discriminations. 

Senator Omo-Agege stated this in Abuja when he hosted a delegation of a non-partisan organisation, Women in Politics Forum led by Ebere Ifendu.
The Delta Central lawmaker assured women that their interests would be protected, but not to the detriment of the constitutional provisions against discrimination of whatever form.He said they want to strengthen women participation.Omo-Agege called on the Executive arm of government to always engage the Legislature before signing treaties and agreements.
This, he explained, will enable accelerated domestication by the National Assembly.

He also tasked the forum to help in mobilising the House of Representatives in concurring to the Sexual Harassment Bill passed by the Senate as well as the domestication of the Violence Against Persons  (Prohibition) Act in all the states of the Federation.
 In her remarks Ifendu called for the inclusion of Affirmative Action in the Constitution.
She cited African countries like Kenya, Uganda, Senegal, Rwanda and Seychelles to buttress her position.
According to her there is no better time than now to achieve an inclusive democracy. Further more, she said we need to move from civil governance to true democracy where women, youth and persons with disabilities will have equal opportunities to participate in governance,” she claimed.

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