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Kogi Guber: APGA governorship candidate promises liberation for the people

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Kogi Guber: APGA governorship candidate promises liberation for the people

The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Sheik Ibrahim Jibril has assured Kogi citizens that his emergence as candidate to fly the flag of the party in the November 16, 2019 Governorship polls is the beginning of liberation for the people of the State.

He spoke at the party secretariat in Abuja immediately he was issued his certificate of return after emerging winner of the party’s direct primary that was conducted in the 21 local Government areas of the State
The candidate Sheik Jibril polled 15, 217 to defeat Chief Sanni Teidi that polled 14, 997.
Sheik Jibril was declared winner by the  APGA Guber primary returning officer Barrister Steve Nwoga.
He said, “Have it on your minds that Kogi State would be liberated from the machinations of the devil as there would no longer be issue of non payment of salary.
Sheik Jibril said, that will come to an end.
He said his administration when he is voted in would devote major part of the resources of the State to building infrastructure that would form the base for his plan for massive internally generated revenue drive.
According to him, Education which is the foundation for science and technological breakthrough would be pursued vigoriously to ensure all sons and daughters of the State get quality education.
When it comes to infrastructure because he is a developer, he will his wealth of experience to ensure that the needed infrastructure that will make private investors to come in would be put in place.
“There would be program for House for all in Kogi State.”
“There will be free medical care for all the aged from the age of 65 and above. What kills our people mainly is Typhoid and malaria, we will ensure the health sector is turned around to take care of minor ailments as well as the major ones.”
On the issue of insecurity he promised he would tackled it headon to ensure the State is free from kidnapping and all other vices which discourages investors from coming to the State.”
When reminded that the State is running on deficit having been indebted to the tune of over N150b and how he will get the funds to execute free medical care and free education at the basic level he said the State has over 32 mineral deposits which he will use his experience to tap and generate revenue to achieve.
“There is a lot of illegal mining of the minerals going on in our State when we come in we would put enabling law in place to ensure that mining of such minerals is done to the greater benefit of the State.”
Sheik Jibril thanked the delegates for finding him worthy and urge chief Sanni Teidi to join hands with him to deliver the goods to Kogi people as he promised to run an all inclusive government.
The National chairman of the party Victor Oye indicated that his party will spring a surprise by winning the Novemeber 16th 2019 Kogi State Governorship election with its candidate Sheik Ibrahim Jibril.
Speaking yesterday in Abuja shortly after the certificate of return was issued to the candidate of the party Oye said Kogi election is winnable, adding that APGA was going to win.
“We are the only political party in Nigeria with a clear cut Ideology. I have always said that PDP and APC would soon fade out, APGA is the only political party with a clean bill of health. 
“We won election all over Nigeria. We won three seats in the Benue State House of Assembly, we reclaim the Governorship seat in Anambra State, three members in the House of Assembly in Abia State, one House of representatives member from Abia, one from Taraba, five councillors in Niger State and two from Kaduna State.”
He reiterated the fact that Winning election in Kogi is doable adding that the reason is the fact that the people are disenchanted with the current administration in Kogi state as the Governor performed woefully and APGA is ready to take over the Governorship of that State.
He said the party will follow its manifesto which is a functional and pragmatic one.
“In Anambra State things are working well because our manifesto is at work there on the vision of the party in terms of development, security because is the moat secured State in Nigeria and we plan to replicate same in Kogi State infact we will reenact the template if development in Anambra State in Kogi State.
“So people of Kogi should be rest assured to reap the dividends of democracy under APGA government. The only thing for them to do is to get out of darkness and hop into light.”
The state chairman of APGA Abdullahi Arikora congratulate Sheik and all party members with a promise to reconcile all differences as he urged the runner up to accept the result.
He urge kogi electorate to vote APGA during the November election.
The chairman pointed out that the presentation of certificate has shown that there is light at the end of the tunnel for APGA and Kogi State as they are set to take over Lugard House in Lokoja.
“The two so called majority party have failed the people adding that the election will not be easy but that they would surmount it all.
“We are good to go as we have elected a good and undefeatable candidate. We will shock the world come November 16, 2019.”
He said the candidate that lost to sheik is like a father saying it is a win win for the party.





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Why women in academia must not stay aloof of politics by Mantu

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Why women in academia must not stay aloof of politics by Mantu

***says without polilitics development would be a mirage

Former deputy President of the Senate Ibrahim Mantu has challenged the women in the academia not to stay aloof of politics because they percieve it to be leprous as there cannot be development without democracy.
He spoke recently in Abuja when the newly formed North Central Peoples Forum (NCPF) met with stakeholders from Kogi to sensitize them on the Forum’s agenda.
Mantu was speaking against the backdrop of comments by Professor Lucy Ogbadu who advised the forum to be apolitical for better developmental strides to be achieved in the zone.
The professor had also made strong case for women to be brought on board in the forum as no development can be achieved without them.
Senator Mantu however said,
“You cannot have Development without politics, politics produces people who are going to govern you, they are the ones that will ensure they manage the resources God has given properly.
He said people like Professor Ogbadu must show interest in politics. “We want women of substance, women who will go and talk so that people will warmly hear them and we would be proud to say this professor is from our zone and that is why she is doing wonderfully well.
“You must join politics so that we can make use of you in the right place because your voice would be better heard.
“There is no way we can compare you a professor with a woman who is on the street no matter what happens and if you are in politics and tomorrow your party wins because you are a professor the chances of you becoming the minister of education or Finance or any higher ministry is there.
“So people like you must not stay aloof and see politics as leprous, no you must show interest in politics so that the best women amongst us can be given the most resounding position that will go a long way to developing our zone and for our lives to be better.”

Professor Ogbadu earlier indicated she is not a politician, but identified immediately with the forum is because of what she saw about the Forum.
“It is a non partizan forum, a Forum geared towards the development of the zone and that is the only thing that endeared this Forum to my heart.
“That is why I have always presented myself. Unfortunately I am the only woman here today and it is in this respect that I wish to request that you should try to bring more women into this forum because there would be no developmental effort within the zone that will succeed without the women.
“You know it even as politicians. Most of you here are politicians. You can not get to the grassroots without women.

“We have to make concerted effort to reach more people and to bring more people on board. Some of you are politicians, the faces that people will see is that of politicians so when you bring people like us that are not politicians people will begin to identify more with the forum.
“Let us make effort to bring people that are apolitical. I also want to appeal to all of us to put away our differences, we are not talking about politics at this forum. We are talking about the backwardness of this zone in terms of development.
“The zone is backward in terms of development. We know the potentials that this zone have, we know we are blessed with capable human resources.
“We have been reminded that Gowon comes from this zone. Gowon is not the only past president from this zone. We can count up to three past heads of State from this zone yet we have nothing to show.
“For this reason I want to appeal to all us, as we make effort that this zone is brought to the limelight we do all we can within our capability to carry everybody along. “The women from this zone are capable, educated, they are beautiful. They have what it takes.”
The North Central Peoples Forum interim chairman Architect Gabriel Aduku said they are now getting closer to the people.
He said they were meeting with the Stakeholders of Kogi, those elected into offices like former Governors, senators and all that to have a close discussion with them on the need for them to key in and support.
“We are just gathering momentum.”

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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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