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Kogi bye-election: Former Kogi Speaker vows to declare constituency funds if elected

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Kogi bye-election: Former Kogi Speaker vows to declare constituency funds if elected

By John Akubo

Immediate past Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. Umar Ahmed Imam has promised to hold town hall meetings to declare constituency funds and the projects which they are meant to be applied to if elected in the forthcoming Lokoja/KotonKarfe Federal Constituency bye election.
Imam who recently dumped the ruling APC for the Social Democratic Party (SDP) where he wish to contest the by-election said he will utilize the constituency projects to make a difference in the remaining 10 months.
The death of the deputy majority leader Buba Jibrin sometimes in March, 2018 called for a by-election which is slated for August 11, 2018.

The lawmaker who is currently representing Lokoja 1, State Constituency says he is embracing the SDP as an alternative party to contest the forthcoming Lokoja-Koto Federal constituency bye election slated for August 11, 2019.
The former speaker, who said he had already written the state house of assembly about his defection, said he was shut out of the party by the leadership of the party in the state.
He declared his intention to contest the forthcoming by-election into the Lokoja/Kogi federal constituency seat on the platform of the SDP, saying the current leadership of the party in the state betrayed those that laboured to build it.
He explained that in Lokoja 1 State constituency he was the first to bring to the knowledge of the people that there is a constituency project fund for each State Constituency.
“Since then it is a revelation that all State constituencies are enjoying that constituency allowance. When I get there I am not only going to apply the constituency allowance but I will hold a town hall meeting to announce exactly what the allowance is and the projects they are meant for.
He said the APC in the State is doomed to fail in the forthcoming because they lack the requisite political sagacity to keep its key members that worked for its victory at the 2015 election.
Imam indicated that virtually all those that worked for the success of the APC in the last general election were shut out by the state government.

According to him, as a foundation member of the APC and a former speaker of the house, he was instrumental to the stabilisation of the Yahaya Bello led government which was bedevilled with crises because of the unusual manner he emerged.
Explaining further he said when he was dissatisfied with the way and manner things were being carried out he threatened to dump the party.
“I had indicated that I was still a member of APC but because certain things are not going well I will be pushed to leave the party. It was for me to test the waters whether I was wanted.
“As some one who is a sitting House of Assembly member and a former speaker in the House who actually threatened to leave the party not even a single leader of the party called to know what is happening.
“Imagine when Othom gave the indication that he was given a red card, minutes later on the NTA news the news caster mentioned that the information reaching them indicated that the national chairman of APC was summoning the APC chairman in Benue and the zonal chairman within minutes.”
However he said in the State because the leaders of the party do not know politics they said he is not on ground.
“They said everywhere that Alfa is not on ground forget him but the Lokoja/Kotokarfe election would prove them wrong, then they will know whether I am on ground or not.”
“I am the only experienced contestant in the bye election and some of my achievements are on ground for everybody to see.”

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Though Politics is tough for women, take the shot, humanitarian minister challenges womenfolk

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Though Politics is tough for women, take the shot, humanitarian minister challenges womenfolk 



Though there is the general believe that politics in Nigeria is tough for the womenfolk, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has challenged them to get more involved in politics. 

The Minister spoke at the Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship Speaker Series held in Kaduna on Tuesday October 21, 2020.

This was contained in a statement by the minister special adviser on media Nneka Ikem Anibeze on Thursday.

Umar Farouq who made a virtual presentation titled ‘My Political Career as a Northern Lady: Experiences and Challenges expressed concern about the percentage of women in politics.

“The truth is that we are not many. We are not where we should be and clearly we need more women represented in politics and executive positions. 

The good news is that we are making progress. Today as the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State is a woman. 

“This is a first for the North and His Excellency Governor Nasir El Rufai by the grace of Almighty God made this happen despite the odds.

She said very soon the hope for the first female Governor and President would soon be realised.

The Minister said politics especially in Africa is  a difficult and expensive terrain for women however she encouraged  the younger generation not to be deterred but embrace the career.

“Politics is driven by a selected few and is also very expensive. We need more young people to participate, change the narrative and make conscious efforts to ensure inclusion so that any young woman or man even from a less privileged background or  from any part of the country can be a President of this nation”.

Umar added that her vision for Nigeria is to see more young men and women dream and achieve their ambition as leaders in whatever field of endeavor they choose. 

“I am a grassroots person and will continue to connect with my people to lift the vulnerable out of poverty and foster the creation of an environment for inclusive growth and prosperity.  

K9I am supported by a team of vibrant young men and women working in the Ministry to bring fresh ideas and strategies to solving the nation’s Humanitarian and Social Development challenges. I want to use this avenue to thank my staff who work day and night in difficult terrains to ensure that we achieve our mandate,” Farouq said.

The Chief host of the Speaker Series was the Kaduna state Governor, Mallam Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai. 

The Speaker Series is designed to expose Fellows to notable personalities who have distinguished themselves in their various fields of expertise.

Some of the previous speakers include former President Chief Olusegun Obasanajo, Mallam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, HRH Muhammadu Sanusi II the former Emir of Kano,  Deputy Chief of Mission, US. Embassy Abuja, H.E. David J. Young, Deputy-Secretary General of the United Nations Hajiya Amina J. Mohammed, Mrs. Ibukun Awosika – Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria, H.E. Donald Duke the former Governor of Cross River State, H.E Kashim Shettima, Ms. Kadaria Ahmed, Dr. Joe Abah, Ms. Yewande Sadiku, Prof. Pat Utomi, Mr. Mohamad Darwish and Dr. Dakuku Peterside amongst others.

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PDP says Buhari’s Address Disconnected, Fails Empathy Test

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The long-awaited national broadcast by President Muhammadu Buhari on the protests rocking the nation, came with disappoint as it is completely disconnected from the realities of the tragic occurrences in our country in the last two weeks the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said.

This was contained in a statement that was issued by the party’s National publicity, secretary Kola Ologbodiayan in Abuja on Thursday.

The party however appeals to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of our nation.

“The President’s address, in the face of the turmoil witnessed, the unrests as well as the killing of young Nigerians, is to say the least, depressing and failing in empathy test.
“Our party and, indeed, all lovers of peace in our country, were shocked that the President glossed over the immediate trigger of violent protests – the widely condemned killing at the Lekki Toll Gate by security operatives, a situation which created a global concern and drew the attention of the world to the abuse of human rights going on in our country under his watch.

“Painfully too, the President, as the Commander-in-Chief, was silent on the demand by Nigerians for enquires into the involvement of the military in the gruesome killing.
“Sadly, the long awaited address failed to inspire any hope. It failed to address the trepidations, the pervading hopelessness, the drifting towards anarchy and provided no concrete steps on how to arrest the situation and rein in bandits, hoodlums and vandals that were let loose to unleash violence on peaceful protesters and innocent Nigerians.
“In short, from the letters of the address, there were no correlations between the fundamentals of the crisis situation that we have witnessed and the long-sought reaction of the President.”

Furthermore, he said Nigerians had expected that the President will provide the lead for the much- needed overhauling of our security architecture to meet the demands of professionalism and respect for rules of engagement.
“The President also failed to use the opportunity to further heal wounds and inspire hope by outlining a roadmap to open up the economy in a manner that will enable our teeming hard working youths to pursue their productive goals as well as address the issue of pervading hunger in the land.
“However, in solidarity with Nigerians and in honour to the victims of Lekki Toll Gate killing, our party has directed that our flags in all our offices across the nation be flown at half-mast for a period of one week, beginning from Friday, October 23, 2020.

“The PDP urges all men and women of good faith to join forces in praying for our country as well as working towards solutions and peaceful resolution of the crisis that seeks to envelope our dear nation.”

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IPAC demands fresh LG election in Bauchi

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From Ali Sara, Bauchi

The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) Bauchi State chapter has faulted the conduct of the just concluded Local Government elction in the State describing it as a sham.
He said there was no election but result were declared on social media instead of collation centers

The council therefore called on Governor Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir of Bauchi State to as a matter of urgency dissolve and declare all the seats of newly sworn in Local Government Chairmen/Councillors vacant.

The call was made yesterday during a press briefing at the NUJ Secretariat by the Chairman of IPAC Alhaji Usman Isa who alleged that election did not hold on 17, October 2020.

He said, “The purported local government election of 17th October 2020 in Bauchi State is an irony of democracy as the local government Chairmen and councillors who were sworn in on 18th October 2020 were selected/appointed by the minority rulers.
“If this impunity is allowed, it will be like sacrificing our hard earned democracy on the alter of mediocrity which will pave way for anarchy, God forbid”.

Alhaji Isa said that, ” IPAC is hereby disassociating itself from all the manufactured election results that were declared on Saturday 17th October 2020 in Bauchi State because they were not the product of our democracy.
“Candidates of APC and other political parties who won the elections by the available results from polling units were not declared as winners, the PDP candidates who lost in almost every ward and local government were rather returned as winners which is unacceptable”.

He demanded that Bauchi State Government refund all the official fees paid to the commission by other parties candidate including campaign auxillary expenditure incurred in the election process.

The chairman further demand the immediate dissolution of present members of the Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission (BASIEC) to be replaced with technocrats and nominees from all the political parties with offices in the state.

He said, “Bauchi State Governor should conduct a fresh free and and fair local government election in which all political parties will be given a level playing ground to allow for a sound democratic process”.

According to him, “neither collation offices nor returning officers were seen at the designated wards and local government collation centers. Even where the elections were held the results and electoral materials were abandoned at the polling units without collation at designated wards and local government centers”.

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