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Kogi 2019: Former NFF President promises rescuing the State with his experience

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Kogi 2019: Former NFF President promises rescuing the State with his experience

Former President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Alhaji Sani Lulu Abdullahi has promised to use his wealth of experience when he held sway at the apex football administration of the nation to rescue Kogi State from the executive bringandage it is currently being faced with.
Abdullahi who is one of the aspirant for the governorship election on November 16th on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) spoke in Abuja yesterday in his office.
He said his vision and mission, most importantly is to use the confluence State if given the mandate to attract great investors both locally and internationally.
Kogi is known for its confluence of the two great Rivers (Niger and Benue) which conferred on it the confluence of opportunities.
“We should not lose the relevance of this Confluence using its strenght to turn around the fortunes of the State for the benefit of all citizens.”
His campaign slogan, Mr. Fix development he said originated from when he was held sway as Nigeria Football Federation President when he came to meet a debt of N300m, and transformed the football governing body to a sustainable enviroment and left over N2.8B in the account.
“So it was clear that without resources I generated something based on God’s Blessing and I left a legacy. So what is happening now is that God wants me to come and serve the people of my State especially now that the State is in disarray.
“With my wealth of experience as a professional fellow in the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Survey. I think with my wealth of experience in the industry and my vast experience at the International level I think this yearning fits into my timely response to come and rescue the State.”
He said it is not about about his interest but just to lead the people and guide them to the promise land.
“I believe all they needed is to get a good leader that will push them in the right direction. I have the good qualities to do that and I am sure with God on our side we shall actualize our dream of taking Kogi to the destined point of development.”
On how he will snatch the ticket of APC from an incumbent Governor he said all those gunning for the ticket of the APC have a desire, a dream, all those in contention have their varous rating of what they have done and for the future.
“I think my past experience is an advantage for me. I have humbly rendered service to this country and I am still rendering service to this country irrespective of the challenge.
“I am not talking about the incumbent, he has done his own bit and the people have assessed him and the State is in disarray. If we have positive services for the people we can not say the State is in disarray. So certainly it is a turning point and those who are in leadership position that know they serve God they should be able to assess themselves and see whether they have really done the right thing.
“What is their shortcoming. Now is the time to start bargaining and reconciling and say we need to step aside. Certainly I am coming to do God’s work and I am determined that at the appropriate time everybody that is involved in this process will go for the best and I think I am the best.”
On his pedigree in APC he said though he was not really with the APC from the inception but those who knew what he did in National Movement for Genuine Democracy which was created just before Buhari won his first election in 2014/2015 knows he has a lot in stock to offer.
“I was a Patron, even though I was not in APC. I played a prominent role for Buhari to succeed to get the victory that time. I am proud to be part of it, I am proud of Buhari as my hero and I am still saying he is my role model.”
“In the current dispensation, I joined the APC before the last general election and because of various factions in our various areas I played prominent role using this National Movement for Genuine Democracy (NMGD), using Buhari Support Group Center as a support group, using the the Women for Buhari and Osinbajo, Organisation.
“We played various roles in these support groups, I was all over the 21 Local Governments moving around to campaign for President Buhari and the Party APC so indirectly if I am not fully involved in the APC functions because I am not an executive member I was fully involved by virtue of what I did and basically all contributed collectively and individually towards the victory of the APC at the State and the national level.”
On how he is going to roll the politics of the game of sports into the politics of governing a State to weave them for success he said nobody plays politics without expecting to be funded in doing the job when he comes into office.
“I went into the Nigeria Football Federation and there was no money. I came there, I transformed that place to a viable environment, which means it was a creation of a blessed project by God, it is rear and it is difficult.
“The politics at that level is quite difficult. I had no security, no money, so how were I able to get from the lowest level and taking myself to the highest level when even the politicians were giving me accolades that I was working and tgat I am a star.?
He said if he nkw comes in to a terrain where there is budget annually, money will come as per approval, with internally generated revenue it is going to be very easy because he js coming to an environment that the office would be funded.
“The money may not be enough but I will operate with what is availlable. I operated in NFF when there was nothing availlable. You can now see the advantages. So if I was successful in a place where there was no money and I did an international service there, I think when it comes to Governing Kogi State I will excel and give the desired delivery to the people by the grace of God.”
He said he is going to motivate everyone to stand up collectively
Abdullahi however admonished the citizens of the State to know that the State is undergoing a system for now as there is Governance and there is an incumbent.
“I just want to say the people should be patient, they have been patient for a long time. God says always have faith and obey and respect leadership. So there is a structure on ground, we must all cooperate with that structure until the D-day when you have the power to decide. “When the time comes I am available and God’s willing I will give you the best.”
On the just concluded National Assembly election of Principal officers he congratulated Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila for emerging victorious in tandem with the APC’S plan as against what happened in 2015.
He said it has laid the foundation for a robust legislation that would work hand in hand with the executive to ensure dividends of democracy trickles down to the electorate.

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Nasarawa PDP tackles Gov Sule over alleged poor performance

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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.

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INEC boss pledges to supervise direct primary if Buhari signs bill

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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.

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2023: Jigawa delegates urge Bello to run for President

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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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