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Gbenga Daniel gives assurance PDP will bounce back in 2019

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Gbenga Daniel gives assurance PDP will bounce back in 2019

There is no doubt the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is bouncing back in a grand style in 2019, because it is obvious that the Nigerians are fed up with the ruling All Progress Congress (APC), a former governor of Ogun State and PDP National Chairmanship aspirant in the December 9 PDP convention, Otunba Gbenga Daniel has said.
Gbenga who spoke yesterday in Lokoja during his meeting with Kogi PDP’s national delegates for the convention, said the Nigerian masses are ready to “change the change” come 2019.
“Your party the PDP is back and I am telling you because I have traversed the country, everywhere I went people are ready to change the change.”
He said he was presenting himself for the position of the national chairman of the PDP to help rebuild the party after series of crisis and make it formidable enough to take over power in the next election.

“I’m a crisis manager as I have just told you and not only that, I’m a tested hand. I understand what it means to run an election. I have manned a state before for eight years and I have managed people.

“The bulk of the challenge we have in the party is just people’s management. For you to be successful, you must have the capacity to manage interlocking interests. As crisis managers, we must strive very very hard to underplay areas of division”, he said.
He said he is in the race because he cannot runaway from the party that empowered him to lead his state for eight years
“Mine is peculiar because I was the only PDP Governor in the history of that State so anywhere there is problem around PDP they will call me to say what are you doing about them.”

Gbenga, who attributed PDP’s defeat in the just concluded Anambara’s election to imposition of candidate, noted that his regime as national chairman of the party would entrench the culture of internal democracy if successful in the forthcoming convention.
“Regrettably, we didn’t show that we have learnt any lesson. From my own little investigation, people said that the PDP candidate in Anambra election was a good candidate but what we keep hearing was that the process that brought that candidate was faulty and that is precisely what I keep talking about.
“That this is about management of human beings. We could still have brought that person up without pressing on anybody’s head. What we did in Anambra was like this is the candidate, take it or leave. If I have the opportunity, I will not allow imposition of candidate.”
The aspirant said since the error that saw to the exit of PDP in Kogi State that use to be the epitome of peace, tranquility and progress under PDP administration the State has not known peace.
“What you now read about Kogi is one person fighting the other person, one senator beating the Governor, one Governor beating the senator. I cannot understand it as if common sense has given way for indiscipline.”
However he said the infighting in APC are beckoning to PDP to come and take over what belongs to it.
Responding, State Chairman of PDP, Engr. Sam Ohuotu commended Mr Gbenga and his team for bringing their campaign trail to Kogi, assuring him of supports.

He described Gbenga as a leader who has the capacity of leading the party to victory given his antecedents.

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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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