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Jigawa central Senatorial candidate distributes 8 campaign vehicles, N1m each to PDP leaders in 7 LGs

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Jigawa central Senatorial candidate distributes 8 campaign vehicles, N1m each to PDP leaders in 7 LGs

By John Akubo,

Ahead of the lifting of the ban on campaign for the 2019 general election the PDP candidate for Jigawa State Central Senatorial District, Mustapha sule Lamido has distributed 8 campaign vehicles and N1m each to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders in the seven local government areas under the senatorial zone.
Mustapha the son of the former Jigawa State two term Governor Sule Lamido had emerged candiadate of the party at the recently concluded primary of the PDP as its senatorial candidate for Jigawa Central unopposed.

While distributing the car keys to the leaders at a political gathering in his Bamaina Country home, Lamido (Jnr) appreciated party members for electing him as their senatorial candidate.
He appealed to all party members to go back to the grassroots and mobilised people for the success of the party for the forthcoming 2019 General Elections. The PDP vice chairman Aminu Nuhu Jahun said Mustapha Sule Lamido’s charity to the downtrodden and the humanitarian services he renders to all manner of people were the factors that made him emerged the unopposed candidate at the just concluded primary election of the PDP.
Other party leaders from the various Local Government Areas appreciated the kind gesture of the candidate, as they promised to mobilise and work for the success of the party.
They were at his Bamaina country home to congratulate him on his victory.
In a related development, the senatorial candidate received 132 APC members that defected to PDP in Sakwaya town of Dutse Local government area.
Mustapha sule Lamido handed them over to Dutse Local government PDP Chairman Alhaji Awaisu Hudu Sakwaya.
He asked the leaders to embrace all the defectors and treat them equally with other party members.
The defectors who are mainly youths led by Mohammed Bello said they were tired of the APC for not keeping to their promises.
They said they have been left in abject poverty and hunger since the emergence of APC as the ruling party at the national level and in the State.
They observed that Mustapha’s style of leadership and his support to the less privilege attracted them to the party.
In another development the PDP senatorial candidate donated relief materials worth over N700,000 to boarding students of Junior Secondary school Aujara in Jahun Local Government area of Jigawa state whose hostel was engulfed by fire.
The Guardian reports that the donation was made at the palace of the district head of Aujara.
Relief materials donated include school uniforms, mathematical sets, scientific calculators, mattresses, bedsheets and Toiletries among others to each of the 215 male students who lost their belongings to the inferno.
Lamido (jnr)said Education is key to societal development hence the need for him to assist the students.
He said though 2019 election was around the corner he was not playing politics, but expressing his love for educational pursuit through sympathy visit to his younger brothers to share in their grief by alleviating their pains.
Mustapha said he cannot restore all that they have lost but the little he gave is to show them love.
The district head of Aujara, Alhaji Aminu Danmalan represented by Magaji Gari, Mustapha Bashir appreciated the kind gesture towards the students who are mainly children of the poor.
The district head promised to convey the donated items to the school authority for onward transmission to the students.

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Prof Yakubu harps on electoral act ammendment to allow over 1 million adhoc staff to vote

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The provisions of the Nigeria’s electoral law may be disenfranchising over 1 million over one million Nigerians of voting age, the chairmanship nominee of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has observed
Speaking on Thursday at his confirmation hearing organized by the Senate Committee on INEC, Yakubu noted that the current law allows voters to vote only where they have registered.

He said this has denied INEC staff and ad hoc ones deployed for election duties, journalists and election observers the opportunity to exercise their civic duty during elections.
“We engaged about one million ad hoc staff during the last general elections. This means that the staff and others deployed for election duties did not vote,” he said.
He said until the law is amended to allow voters to cast their ballots wherever they are, millions of registered voters would continue to be denied voting rights.
Prof Yakubu also said the Commission needs to construct strong rooms in all the 36 states of the federation and FCT to store smart card readers and other election materials.
This, he said, was to prevent them from burning in case of fire incident.

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Senator Abbo vows to unseat Fintiri using APC platform

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Senator Ishaku Abbo (Adamawa North) has debunked insinuations that he was overwhelmed by tirades of attacks from his Governor hence he left the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaking to senate press Corps after officially announcing his exit he said left the party to be able to square it up with the Governor in 2023
Senator Abbo had announced his defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in a letter addressed to the Senate President Ahmad Lawan and read during plenary on Wednesday. 

The lawmaker said though he fought for Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri’s victory in 2019, the governor chased him out of PDP due to his alleged mismanagement of the party, which, Abbo said, had led to polarization. 

Senator expressed optimism that he will defeat the state governor in 2023. 

He said: “I’m not overwhelmed by Governor Fintiri. I fought to bring him to power. 

“The governor did not defeat me. The governor chased me out (of PDP). I actually gave way so I will go and take his seat from him.”

With his defection, APC now has 60 senators, while PDP 42. The ninth Senate has six vacant seats.

Abbo announced his defection in a letter addressed to the House, read by Senate President Ahmad Lawan during Wednesday’s plenary session.

In the letter, Abbo stated that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa state by Governor Umaru Fintiri.

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Group challenges Ebonyi lawmakers to Commence impeachment process against Umahi

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Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has challenged the Ebonyi State House of Assembly to commence the impeachment process of the governor David Umahi.
This is coming against the background og his recent defection from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress (APC),

The group said there is already a substantial breach of the Nigerian constitution and subsisting Supreme Court verdicts which insist that a governor cannot defect to another political party unless there is internal leadership crises, perhaps leading to factionalization in his own political party.

In a statement issued on Abuja by the AESID’s President General, Ambassador Paschal Oluchukwu, they asked to know the crisis that is forcing Umahi out of the PDP which has since enjoyed relative peace after the Ali Modu Sheriff crisis?
AESID therefore urged Ebonyi lawmakers to immidiately commence the impeachment proceedings against the Governor following the breaches of the fundamental rights of citizens of the State therefore and the potentialities of same to plunge Ebonyi into a serious political crises

“We make this call due to our believe and understanding of Umahi as a brutal dictator who is ready to set our dear state on fire in pursuit of his ego-laced selfish interests.

“Finally, like we have always reiterated, Ebonyi belongs to all of us and one man’s personal ambition and interest cannot plunge the rest of the State which our fore-fathers laboured for many years to have into crises of monumental proportion.
“Ebonyi cannot be set aflame simply because Governor Umahi wants to protect his wealth belonging to Ebonyi people with the pretence of running for the highest office in the land.”

The group condemned in its totality his subtle threats to his appointees and the State legislators including the suspension of Hon. Victor Aleke from the State’s House of Assembly for keeping fate with the mandate given him by his people of Ebonyi North-west constituency.

“It has become obvious to us and every discerning mind that Umahi is deliberately creating the crises in PDP through Barr. Nwebonyi in order for some of the State lawmakers to have a fertile ground to defect with him in the guise of cracks, factions or crises in Ebonyi PDP.

“We thank the National leadership of the PDP for acting rightly by dissolving the Umahi-dominated Wards, Local Governments, State and zonal Executives of the Party and constituting a Care-Taker Committee made of men who are capable of righting the many wrongs and injustices done by the quondam Excos.

“We hereby charge the newly-constituted Care-Taker leadership of the PDP in Ebonyi State to ensure it pilot the affairs of the party with all due diligence and sincerity of purpose capable of returning power to the power as was the case before the despotic era of Umahi and the Umahis.

“Already, we are aware of the distractions which the disbanded Nwebonyi-led Excos pose to the new Care-Takership and indeed, the common Party faithfuls in the State as they have made themselves willing tools in the hands of Umahi and the Umahis to cause, confusion, disaffection and disunity in Ebonyi PDP.
“We say this in lieu of the purported notice of suspension of notable leaders and elderstatesmen of our great Party by the defunct Excos some of who have continued to make themselves available pun in Umahi’s political Chessboard.”

AESID as a governance and accountability platform has maintained that it is neither surprised nor alarmed by this development especially going by what we consider as the anti-party disposition of Governor Umahi predicated on the many viral videos that had been making the rounds on various social media platforms wherein he boasted of being 100% percent APC and 100% PDP

“For us in AESID, his defection is only a manifestation of his true character personae- an ingrate, a traitor and a betrayer all combined into one.
“This is why we, and indeed majority of sincere people in the South East region find it absolutely benumbing the claim by Governor Umahi that he is protesting against the injustices meted out to the South-East, hence, his defection to the APC.

“We only wish to reiterate that his eventual decamping to the APC therefore has further exposed his known penchance for pretences and hypocrisy, greed and insatiable lust for power.
“The rest of Nigerians can therefore now see that going by his recent vituperations of calling elders his ‘children’, Umahi is a brutal dictator who has no respect, honour and dignity for the next human around him except to use men and women like unserviceable ‘machines’ during the industrial age.”

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