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Group intimate APC National Chairman that Kogi Is Bleeding Under Gov Bello

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Group intimate APC National Chairman that Kogi Is Bleeding Under Gov Bello

There seem to be many potholes on the partway for Governor Yahaya Bello towards securing the ticket of his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) for the November Kogi governorship election.
The threats keep mounting from opposition within the party.

A concerned group, Kogi Rescue Mission are of the opinion that Bello’s “clueless leadership has further subjected the state to political and economic hemorrhage.”

The group made the observation in Abuja during a peaceful protest led by its President, Honourable Ali Dan to the National Headquarters of the APC.

With numerous placards which carried various inscriptions the group described the Bello led administration as a threat to people’s welfare and the economic prosperity of Kogi state.

In their protest letter to the national leadership of the party, the group highlighted various anti-people activities of the state government ranging from deaths through suicide amongst the state civil servants on account of the non-payment of salaries for many months, institutional dearth in the land, misuse of state resources, hunger and perceived molestation of percievec enemies of the administration in the state.

“Salaries of civil servants for November and 60% of December, 2017 are yet to be paid, this is despite receiving N20 billion as bailout funds, over N21 billion from the Paris Club refund and money from the monthly federal allocations as well as the internally generated revenue.

“As a result of non payment of salaries, about 3 civil servants took their own lives because of their inability to meet up with their family needs, while over a hundred have died due to lack of funds to continue treatment,” the protest letter reads.
Dan Ali who spoke on behalf of the protesters also said that, “Businesses have folded up, people are leaving for other states to seek refuge and workers have become paupers, feeding from hand to mouth. You will believe me that on no account will the people support and vote for a Governor that operates draconian policy of this nature.”

Ali who decried the dearth of public institutions in the state adding that the state workers have been turned to IDPs without recourse to dignity of labour as enshrined in the Labour acts.

“Workers in Kogi State are now living like IDPs, Kogi State has become hunger/poverty capital of the country as nothing seems to be working due to the sorry state of salaries.

“In Kogi state today, there are no public primary schools for the past 2 years as they only exist in structures without teachers to teach the pupils due to non payment of salaries, no primary health centers for the past 2 years, pensioners are not been paid for the past 12 months.
It explained further that the judiciary arm has been cut off for the past 8 months due to non payment of their salaries and no development any where in the state.

Everything in Kogi state is in comatose and the people of Kogi state are despondent,” he added.
He also appealed to the National Leadership of the APC not to risk the party’s ticket to Governor Bello, adding that, with his appalling style of leadership, the ruling party has no electoral destiny in the state.

“We are calling on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, the APC National Working Committee led by his excellency Comrade Adams Oshiomole and the National Leader of the APC, His excellency Sen. Ahmed Bola Tinubu not to risk the ticket of the APC to Governor Yahaya Bello.

“If there is Integrity in our party, the APC, that means Bello will not feature in the forthcoming Kogi State s Governorship election with APC ticket. At the moment Kogi State is owing over #140 billion naira and the Governor recently applied for another loan of #30billion naira from the Central Bank of Nigeria which will make debt profile of the State to rise to #170 billon naira.

“Once again, we are crying for the help of President Muhammadu Buhari and the national working committee of the APC, led by Adams Oshiomole and the national leader of the APC Bola Ahmed Tinubu to salvage Kogi state from this extreme slavery Alhaji Yahaya Bello led adminstration.”

Earlier, the Director of Administration of APC, Abdullahi Geshua who addressed the group on behalf of the party’s National Working Committee, praised the group for the peaceful protest and the maturity with which they conducted themselves, promising to table the issues raised in their protest letter to the NWC of the party.

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APC caucus tackles opposition for tagging Buhari an absentee President

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The All Progressive Congress (APC) caucus of the National Assembly (Senate) yesterday berated its counterparts in the opposition for describing President Muhammadu Buhari as an absentee president.
The Opposition Minority Caucus had converged from both chambers to register their grievances against the ruling party over the derailing ship of State.
The caucus said it had also taken note of the fact that the president has been absent from duty.
They said, “We have not seen our president. We have not heard from our president despite the daily killings that have turned Nigeria into a killing field of unimaginable proportions.”

Addressing the Senate press Corps after their own meeting the Senate leader who is also Chairman Senate APC Caucus, Senator Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi said they in the APC Caucus totally reject the many incorrect statement  contained in the said press release.
“Furthermore, we take exception to the unfortunate charge that our President has not been seen. This is false and cheap politics.
“The President and service – chiefs are meticulously busy every day and every night in deliberations with a view to addressing the security challenges across the entire country.
“Similarly, Mr. President had always made statement to Nigerians on all major security incidences and assuring Nigerians and indeed the international community that he would continue to do his best in making sure that the security challenges are tackled head-on.”
He assured Nigerians that the President is in charge of government and is discharging his duties conscientiously and patriotically.
“It is a well-known fact that the Federal Government under the PDP refused to invest in the security infrastructure of the country while President under the APC led Government had massively invested in this regard more than any past governments and we are confident that the nation will surmount its current security challenges.
The APC Caucus expressed strong and unreserved supports the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as he continues to work in addressing the economic, health, social, security and other challenges that beset the nation.
“Indeed, we are quite aware of the role of the opposition in any democracy. However, the statement by the PDP Caucus has gone too far given the good working relationship in the 9th Assembly and especially with the Minority Caucus. “
He said, in any democracy, the rights to present criticisms and concerns on the state of the nation’s affairs are unassailable.
However, he said while they respect such rights that come with obligation and responsibility, they are concerned that the statement issued by the Minority Cuscus is capable of over- heating an already charged polity in which men of good conscience and patriotism are expected to act as leaders and Statesmen.
“While we acknowledge the natural disposition of playing politics, we are worried and disturbed that our colleagues are playing with lives.
“The unfortunate state of insecurity; for which the Senate has continuously debated and issued resolutions to support the actions of the executive under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari in the overriding interest of the public, is too delicate to play with.

Unlike the minority Caucus meeting which carried along the House of Representatives members in their fold, only majority caucus of the Senate attended the meeting
Like their Minority Caucus the majority also refused to field questions from the media after their press briefing.

The Minority Caucus had indicated that it was taking note and will continue to take note of the constitutional breaches that are happening at this time by President Muhammadu Buhari.

   

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We are keeping records of constitutional breaches by absentee Buhari-NASS Minority caucus

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We keeping records of constitutional breaches by absentee BuhariNASS Minority Caucus

The Minority Caucus of the National Assembly has indicated that it is taking note and will continue to take note of the constitutional breaches that is happening at this time by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The caucus, after a closed-door emergency meeting on Tuesday, declared President Muhammadu Buhari absent from duty despite the killings and kidnappings across the country.
It said at the appropriate time, it utilize all constitutional methods and measures available after consultations with other colleagues to do the needful to safe the country from collapse.
“The caucus has also taken note of the fact that the president is absent from duty. We have not seen our president. We have not heard from our president despite the daily killings that have turned Nigeria into a killing field of unimaginable proportions.”
It condemned what it called the “ineptitude and inability” of the APC-led federal government to prevent the country from drifting apart.

It said rather than solving the security problems he met on ground as promised, the situation has grown worse under the APC to the extent that every section of the country is now beset with one security challenge or the other.
The caucus leader and Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who briefed newsmen after the meeting said,
“We, therefore as a caucus, suggest that immediate steps should be taken by governments at all levels to set up proper security infrastructure whether in the mode of state police and other constitutional reforms to arrest the drift of the nation,” he said.
He urged President Buhari to take charge of his government and take the country out of the current security situation.
Abaribe also urged Nigerians not lose hope in the country, but do everything possible to get rid of APC in 2023.
He said: “The caucus also expresses strong reservations about the economic strategy of the government which has culminated into what is called quantitative easing, which the ordinary man knows as printing money.
“We feel that this strategy has led us to the very high inflation that we have today, devaluation of our Naira to the height that we never expected and has also concomitantly brought out unemployment and has led the government to contemplate, as we see today, to raise the price of fuel, electricity tariff and all manners of charges on the helpless Nigerians.
“We think that the government should reverse itself and should not continue in its mindless borrowing without seeing any benefits that are coming from it.
“We also, as a caucus, want to put on notice to all Nigerians and the international community about the threats to the lives of our members, to those who come out to say things that are true about the state of Nigeria today, and this threats have come in various forms, including threat to life.
“So, we condemn this attempt at holding everybody down and trying to shut us up and make sure that nobody says because they think by doing so, problems of the country will disappear. We say that problems of the country will not disappear.
“This is a time that needs the president to come out and take charge of his government and take us all away from problems we are seeing today.”

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Insecurity; There will be no election In 2023- Niger APC Chieftain

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Insecurity; There will be no election In 2023- Niger APC Chieftain

*** Says The Country Is Under siege

Former Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, in Niger state, Jonathan Vatsa has said that unless the current security situation in the country is addressed, Nigerians should not expected any election in 2023
He however pointed out that if the government decides to go ahead with elections despite the worsening security challenges across the country, such elections can never be credible.
Vatsa in a statement in Minna on Sunday titled “As the nation bleeds, can Nigerians have a credible elections in 2023” expressed worries that the entire country is overwhelmed by one form of insecurity or the other with the attendant lose of lives and the government seems to be without idea.
“No part of this country today is safe, people are being killed like flies. They have abandoned their ancestral home for fear and have no hope of returning soon”.
Vatsa, a former publicity secretary of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in Niger state believed that until the security problem is addressed and peace returned to towns and villages, any attempt to conduct election in 2023 under the present situation will amount to deceit.
According to him, “Nigerians will know that such elections will never be credible. It will amount to sitting in one place and writing results and the people will definitely resist such manipulations.
“But the truth is that this government can not afford not to conduct credible elections in 2023 because without free, fair and credible elections APC wouldn’t have been in power today. If for nothing, we must give Nigerians credible election devoid of any deceit and foul play”.
Vatsa who is the Coordinator public affairs to governor Sani Bello, maintained that Niger state is one state that no credible election can be conducted without addressing the issue of Banditry which has brought the state to its kneel, stressing that “right now six or seven out of the 25 local government areas of the state are under siege from bandits.
“So which credible election will you conduct in such local government areas without addressing the security challenges there, it is not possible. Today there are over 20,000 Internally Displaced People (IDP) across these local government areas.
“The state is overwhelmed with this situation and nobody is listening to the governor. So if you want to conduct election in these affected communities where are the voters”, he queried.
He therefore urged President Buhari to act fast “because the masses who voted for him in 2015 and 2019 can no longer sleep in their houses, they can no longer go to their farms. The country is bleeding and the poor people are most affected”, he submitted

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