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
PDP in Kogi accuses APC of defacing its secretariat
***asks ruling party to stop beating drums of violence
Kogi State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has condemned the action of some elements in Odolu Ward, lgalamela/Odolu Local Government Area of the state for defacing its Secretariat with the inscription of the All Progressives Congress, (APC).
In a statement through its publicity Secretary, Bode Ogunmola, the party, said the action is tantamount to beating the drum of violence.
It reminded those who carried out the action that madness is not the exclusive rights of any political party, noting that the action is tantamount to wanting to forcefully secure the property.
The PDP in the statement said such has never happened in the political history of the state, adding that, the APC and particularly those who perpetrated the act, are driving the state on a dangerous path.
While calling on security agencies to fish out the perpetrators, the PDP, advised the APC to call its attack dogs to order and stop further heating the polity in the interest of peace across the state.
The party remind the APC that politically instigated violence would serve no good to anyone.
2023: Nasarawa speaker drums support for Gov. Sule’s second term bid
From Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia
The Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Mr. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, has said that there is no alternative to Governor Abdullahi Sule and All Progressive Congress ( APC) in the state come 2023.
Addressing stakeholders in his home town in Umaisha,Toto LGA of the state, the speaker described Governor Sule as a leader with great passion and zeal for peace, Unity and speedy growth of the State, hence the need for all to rally round the governor to succeed.
“The handwriting is very clear on the wall. as far as I’m concerned, in Nasarawa State we have no any other candidate to fueld in 2023 apart from Governor Sule.
“Every state, every country, every local area and so on, elect leaders that will give result and with the antecedence of Governor Sule, especially some of us that are working closely with him know very well that his project, his dream, his thinking day and night is all about Nasarawa State”
“So what else do we want than to give him all the necessary support to succeed and transformed our beloved state because if God spare our lives and by his grace, Sule will serve out his eight Years, he said.
The speaker emphasized the fact that peace is priceless as the first instrument of development, hence the need for all to give the Governor the support in his peace and development efforts to encourage more investors to the state to boost socio-economic activities.
According to him, the State assembly under his watch will give Governor Sule maximum support and cooperation to succeed beyond expectation as he reiterated that the assembly will continue to enact laws and pass resolutions that will be of the best interest of the the people of the state.
Tinubu, Atiku should stop wasting their time, Igboman will be Nigeria’s President in 2023, says Ibegbu
The immediate past spokesman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chuks Ibegbu, has asked the national Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former vice President Atiku Abubakar stire ckear asit is time for Ibo man to rule Nigeria.
In a statement he signed and issued o Saturday, he promised to use his connection to build bridges with all stakeholders, groups and power points in the country to realise his ambition.
Ibegbu noted that the “Nigeria Presidency is not gotten by sentiments, threats or emotions but through diplomatic persuasion and he will reach out to all Nigerian stakeholders and party leaders to achieve that.”
Ibegbu noted that there has to be political, economic and structural justice in the nation.
He urged people of the Southeast to put their acts together in the pursuit of their legitimate rights in Nigeria as he condemned the killings all over the country.
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