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Kogi ex-deputy Gov wants PDP to elect fearless and untainted party chair

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Kogi ex-deputy Gov wants PDP to elect fearless and untainted party chair

By John Akubo

The former deputy Governor of Kogi State Arc Yomi Awoniyi has the of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to ensure they sustain present momentum of the party’s cohesion to bring about a credible national chairman at the end of the day.
Awoniyi who spoke exclusively with the Guardian in Lokoja via telephone interview said he has the feeling that something positive was about happening to the PDP.
“We need a chairman who is fearless, who is untainted and who can really be the face of the new PDP, believe me if we succeed in putting all these in place we are on the rebound because the Nigerian electorate is quite knowledgeable now as they are more discerning as to what governance, leadership and the dividends of democracy should be.”
He said it was very heart warming to note that the PDP is resurging back to live in a very remarkable manner following the victory at the supreme court.
He said a very clear testament was in the enthusiasm people exhibited during the just concluded ward congresses in Kogi State.
“All the leaders from far and wide were all present in their various wards and it was most remarkable not only in my local Government of MopaMoro but the local Governments across the west senatorial district where so many decampees from the APC registered their presence forcefully in our party.
He said the leadership across board decided to accommodate all dwcampees which has has gone a long way to engineering the politics of the senatorial district.
He however lamented on the plight of the people adding that tgeir welfare has really plummeted in the last two years.
” It is amazing when I return home the types of hues and cries I hear from people, it is so worrying. Look there is a very big mismatch between revenue that is available and the expectation of the people.
“But having said this a lot of benefits had accrued to the Government in the recent months and of course it doesn’t seem to be impacting on the lives of the people in a manner that will give them succor, hope and joy.
“I hope the Government of the day would harken to the voices of the people for things to be done.”
He said nothing will give him more joy than for the PDP to get back to power but he said there were still two years.
Awoniyi pointed out the new for every leader be more concerned about the welfare of citizens between now and the next election saying that it is not just about election.
“We must be concerned about how Government, we are ready to offer Government advice so that the people live better. It is so sad but if things don’t improve, I appeal to people to be patient as the PDP is on its way back by the grace of God.

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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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