Kogi 2019: Akpa cautions Kogites against political dramas by monarchs
An aspirant for the November 16th Governorship election in Kogi State Major General (rtd) Patrick Ademu Akpa has warned the people of the State to be wary of many political dramas such as the recent visit of traditional rulers to Buhari.
He cautioned citizens of the State to also exercise some restrain and stop the blackmail against the traditional institutions that are being used for cheap political gains.
Members of Kogi State council of traditional rulers, Wednesday, met President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja and presented the governor, Yahaya Bello for second term.
The monarchs, led by Attah Igala and President, Kogi State Council of Chiefs, His Royal Majesty, Dr Idakwo Michael Ameh Oboni Il, also demanded for the position of finance minister in the next cabinet.
The visit has however set the monarchs against their subjects who percieved them as cash and carry rulers ready to sell off their birthright for a pot of porridge.
However, Gen. (Rtd) in a statement he personally signed that was made availlable to the Guardian in Abuja said the visit was another sad memory that would remain as one of the worst historical events in the State’s calendar
“The HOPE Agenda Team is saying all hope is not lost if only we can consciously readjust our mindset from the way the perpetrators want us to be begin to think.
“It is a deliberate design to use the revered traditional institutions of our people for their selfish political interest even against the will of the custodians.”
However, he indicated that the people always win in a situation like this if only the trading of blames can be curtailed.
“I, Maj. Gen. Patrick Ademu Akpa, leading The HOPE Agenda Team call on all political actors, particularly those in power to honourably stop blackmailing our Royal Fathers.”
He indicated that the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has given undue powers to the Executives over the traditional institutions which created the opportunity in the first place.
“I think the purpose is to allow the Royal Fathers the time to carry out their duties as custodians of traditions and not to take undue advantage of the constitution to box them to a very tight corner.”
“If we don’t focus on the goal, the enemies of our state will keep distracting us until November. I appeal to us to take it easy on our Royal Fathers but pay serious attention to the intentions of those who blackmail them into doing the things they do as election is fast approaching.”
He pointed out that the people have endured enough sufferings, so, they must be very watchful not to be distracted.
On the visit of the royal father’s to the President he said was not a crime but it was wrong for the visit to be politicize letting the Royal Fathers to make some political requests on behalf of the incumbent Governor.
He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to grant all the people orientated requests made to him by our Royal Fathers during thir visit.
Akpa however asked the President to leave all the political matters to party, the All Progressives Congress and the people of Kogi state to determine through democratic processes.
“The greatest endorsement comes from the ordinary people and not the sponsored sets in the society.
“I am convinced that all Kogites have made up their minds already and these being acted would not change their opinion as regards the November, 2019 gubernatorial election of Kogi State.”
Nasarawa PDP tackles Gov Sule over alleged poor performance
From Abel Daniel, Lafia
The Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP Nasarawa State chapter has described Governor Abdullahi Sule as the weakest and non performing governor since creation of the state.
The state chairman of the PDP, chief Francis Orogu while addressing journalists in his office yesterday described Governor Sule as an impotent Governor who is doing nothing to develop the state since his emergence as Governor.
“Governor Sule is doing nothing to develop the state as far as I am concern. He is like a man married to a woman but cannot impregnate the woman”, Orogu lashed out at Sule.
Orogu alleged that Governor Sule has not started and completed any physical project since he took the oath of office.
Orogu however regretted that the media who are suppose to amplify the voice of the opposition are silent.
The chairman appealed to citizens to remain patient and prayerful despite the hardship and misrule of the ruling party.
INEC boss pledges to supervise direct primary if Buhari signs bill
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, yesterday, said the electoral body would ensure implementation of direct primary as passed by the National Assembly as soon as it is assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The INEC boss, at an interactive meeting with senior jdetaiists in Lagos, said he had the political will to implement any law that would advance democracy in Nigeria.
By this declaration, the electoral body might have put to rest speculations by opponents of direct primary that INEC may not have the capacity to supervise direct mode of electing party’s candidates if it becomes law.
Yakubu said: “Since it emerged that the direct primary clause was included in the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, many of you have been asking the commission for its position. But the issue is not about our position, but the process. In the exercise of its constitutional power, the National Assembly has passed the bill into law awaiting the President’s assent. Once the process is concluded, the bill becomes law and every person and authority in Nigeria, including the commission, must obey.
“The commission will give expeditious consideration to the law, including the detailed regulations and guidelines for its implementation where necessary.”
When asked by The Guardian if the electoral body has the capacity to supervise direct primary if the President assents the bill, he said: “I won’t say more than what I have said. My point is very clear.”
Also speaking on the just-concluded Anambra State governorship election, Yakubu said despite the fact that the election was conducted under difficult circumstances, the commission was able to conduct credible and fair election, noting that few technical glitches experienced during the poll would be corrected before 2023 general elections.
He blamed the technical issues on some trained ad-hoc members of staff that absconded few hours to the election and difficulties posed by commercial transport owners hired to carry technical officers to some areas.
“I want to reassure Nigerians that we have learnt vital lessons from the Anambra pilot. There will be remarkable improvement in the next major election, which is the end-of-tenure area council election in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) scheduled to hold on February 12, 2022,” he said.
Culled from the Guadian
2023: Jigawa delegates urge Bello to run for President
An envoy from Jigawa made up of political and religious stakeholders have urged the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, to throw his heart in the ring for the 2023 Presidential election.
The group of Jigawa leaders, who visited Bello on Saturday, based their call on what they described as above board performance, as they listed areas of security, inclusive governance, youth and women empowerment and infrastructure as his selling points
Bello, while responding commended the delegation promising not to take the call to serve for granted.
He told them that many Nigerians have continued to call on him to run for the Presidency and he would not betray them or breach the trust they have reposed in him.
“I am so happy to receive a delegation from Jigawa State. This delegation is not just an ordinary delegation, these are delegations who have always been with President Muhammadu Buhari ever since he ventured into politics till date. These delegations make things happen in Jigawa State.”
“They have come to lend their voices to very many Nigerians who have been calling me to run for the Presidency in 2023, and by the grace of God, I will not disappoint them.”
Governor Bello also said that the fight against insecurity would not succeed without carrying the grassroots along.
He stated that he was able to successfully fight against security challenges because he was more connected to the grassroots than most politicians in Nigeria.
According to him, the grassroots have assisted him in curbing insecurity and achieving the present level of development being recorded in Kogi State.
He said that like President Muhammadu Buhari, he was more at home with the people.
“I wouldn’t have succeeded in Kogi State in curbing the insecurity, unity, togetherness, and modest achievement without the grassroots.
“The difference between me and some leaders is that I am connected to the grassroots. The grassroots is where politics is and any administration that is not connected to the grassroots has no business with governance.
“We have learnt from President Buhari, that you must be connected to the grassroots, with the grassroots supporting me and all of us and supporting President Buhari to succeed, we can only come on board to build on his (Buhari’s) successes.”
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