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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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Gender Equality: NASS careful not to enthrone further discrimination says Omo-Agege

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Gender Equality: NASS careful not to enthrone further discrimination says Omo-Agege 

By Joseph Sunday


The Deputy President of the Senate and Chairman, Senate Adhoc Committee on Constitution Review, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has described the bill on Gender Equality sponsored by Senator Biodun Olujimi as challenging in that it may be difficult to achieve the goals without enthroning new set of discriminations. 

Senator Omo-Agege stated this in Abuja when he hosted a delegation of a non-partisan organisation, Women in Politics Forum led by Ebere Ifendu.
The Delta Central lawmaker assured women that their interests would be protected, but not to the detriment of the constitutional provisions against discrimination of whatever form.He said they want to strengthen women participation.Omo-Agege called on the Executive arm of government to always engage the Legislature before signing treaties and agreements.
This, he explained, will enable accelerated domestication by the National Assembly.

He also tasked the forum to help in mobilising the House of Representatives in concurring to the Sexual Harassment Bill passed by the Senate as well as the domestication of the Violence Against Persons  (Prohibition) Act in all the states of the Federation.
 In her remarks Ifendu called for the inclusion of Affirmative Action in the Constitution.
She cited African countries like Kenya, Uganda, Senegal, Rwanda and Seychelles to buttress her position.
According to her there is no better time than now to achieve an inclusive democracy. Further more, she said we need to move from civil governance to true democracy where women, youth and persons with disabilities will have equal opportunities to participate in governance,” she claimed.

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Zamfara PDP alleges plans by APC to disrupt state Assembly bye-election

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Zamfara PDP alleges plans by APC to disrupt state Assembly bye-election

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara State, has raised the alarm over alleged plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to disrupt the State Assembly bye-election for Bakura constituency slated for Saturday 5, December.

A statement issued by Alhaji Tukur Umar Danfulani, the state chairman of the party on Wednesday, accused the opposition APC of a grand plan to create chaos using thugs during the election.

The chairman noted that the tell-tale signs by the opposition to cause mayhem during the exercise manifested two days ago when a faction of the party allegedly distroyed the PDP’s stand where key stakeholders including Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle were scheduled to address party supporters.

“Ahead of the Saturday 5, December, Bakura State House of Assembly bye-election, the APC having lost hope in the outcome of the election have hatched plans to disrupt the exercise even as the state provided level playing ground to all participating political parties.

“Just two days to the bye election, it was discovered that the APC candidate to the election, Bello Dankande Gamji led a group of over 200 APC political thugs and destroyed the grand stand where PDP chieftains including the state governor, Hon. Dr. Bello Mohammed MON Matawallen Maradun was scheduled to address party supporters and formally close the PDP’s campaigns in Bakura.

“The thugs who also carried guns to scare away all PDP sympathizers in the area as well as threaten the smooth conduct of the bye election have shot and wounded two of the PDP supporters who attempted to stop them.

‘The irate thugs also attacked and disloged all security personnel who were already in the area to ensure that peace existed before, during and after the election but which the APC leaders and their supporters did want to see happen.

“These acts are similar to what the APC did during the 2019 general elections in the state that led to the party’s total failure.

“The destructive APC thugs did not stop there but went to the nearby Dakko ward, attacked the village head, Alhaji Salmanu Muhammad destroyed two of his vehicles, a Kia and an Avensus, a Volkswagen Golf belonging to the PDP and a bakery house which they burnt down,” he alleged.

He said as law abiding citizens and party, the PDP and its supporters, “we want to draw the attention of Mr. President to know what is happening in Zamfara ahead of the state assembly bye election in Bakura local government area particularly on the use of arms by members of the APC with support from their leaders at a time when the state government under PDP rule is trying to entrench peace in the state which had suffered from severe bandits attack under immediate past governor Abdulaziz Yari leadership in the state.

“We also want to call on all security agencies in the state in the presence of who we gathered on Thursday, 26/11/2020 to sign a peace accord to guarantee the conduct of a peaceful election, to quickly look into this report and arrest the perpetrators of these attacks.”

He called on party supporters to continue to be law abiding and remain calm “while we await the security agents to do their job on the matter.”

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PDP expresses dismay that Buhari will blame the dead for his failure

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PDP expresses dismay that Buhari will blame the dead for his failure

**Says remark is an open support for insurgency

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday expressed dismay that a President would blame the dead fir his cluelessness.

The major opposition party in Nigeria described as weird, reprehensible and repulsive that the Buhari Presidency now seeks to turn itself into a mouthpiece of terrorists by its subtle attempt to rationalize the killing of innocent and hard working Nigerians.
The party said it is shocked that the Buhari Presidency has graduated from making bogus claims of having degraded terrorism to the embarrassing point of blaming unprotected and helpless Nigerians for falling victims of terrorist attacks.

It said; “This, to say the least, is the height of leadership failure of the lazy, lethargic and incompetent Buhari administration”.
It stressed that it is alarmed by the reckless and bizarre attempt by the Buhari Presidency to rationalize the gruesome beheading of 43 innocent Nigerians by insurgents in Zabarmari, Borno state.
The PDP particularly said that it is outraged by the Buhari Presidency’s claims that the farmers were killed because they failed to get clearance before going to their farms.
The Party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said that the statement by the Presidency is also an admission that the Buhari administration has been overwhelmed by terrorists and can no longer guarantee Nigerians and other citizens a normal life.

The statement reads, “This unpatriotic stance smacks of support for acts of terrorism and mindless killing of our compatriots by a government whose Commander-in-Chief had promised Nigerians to lead the battle against insurgents from the front.
“Our party is forced to hold that attitudes such as the unpatriotic remark of the Buhari Presidency embolden insurgents in their ceaseless attacks in our country.
“Such also provides further insights into the escalation of acts of terrorism in our country in the last five years.
“It is therefore insensitive for the Buhari Presidency to have shown this huge lack of empathy, which amounts to a spat on the grave of the slain as well as an unpardonable slap on the faces of the generality of mourning Nigerians.

“Perhaps this also informs why their party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has not deemed it fit to have a word of lamentation for the death nor consolation for the bereaved.
The party therefore chalkenged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately withdraw the offensive statement by his Presidency and apologize to Nigerians, particularly the people of Borno state.
The PDP also restated its call to President Buhari to heed the demands by Nigerians to rejig the nation’s security architecture as well as replace his Service Chiefs with more competent hands in the interest of the nation.

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