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Kogi rerun election: I will will dump APC if Bello imposes candidate says former speaker

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Kogi rerun election: I will will dump APC if Bello imposes candidate says former speaker

The immediate past speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly Umar Imam Ahmed is threatening to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) for another party platform to seek election into the House of Representatives to replace late Buba Jibrin if the APC goes ahead to impose a candidate.
The former Speaker said since he resigned as speaker the Governor has shut him out from APC in all that is happening in the State and at his Constituency level.
He said already the party’s candidate for the runoff election has been endorsed by the Governor which means there would not be primary election in the APC.
Ahmed said he is duly qualified and adding that his people want him to go and represent them.
He explained that it would necessitate his leaving the party if the Government does not rescind its decision.
Ahmed pointed out that he had earlier declared his intention to run for 2019 House of representatives election for Lokoja/Koto even before the d3mise of the late for more deputy majority leader in the House of Representatives.
“Little did we see the demise of Honorable Buba Jibrin coming as he unfortunately died after a brief illness.
“That also made it a reason for me to heed the call by my constituents that I should run for the by election. “The death necessitated a by election in this federal constituency so I have indicated interest to run and I am still alive with my aspiration.”
Though he said he remain a member of APC till the moment but he wants the right thing to be done
“What is right to be done is for candidate for any party to be nominated democratically but what is on ground in APC is an abberation for now where a candidate has already been imposed on the party which is making it difficult for us to also vie for the position.”
The former speaker said he was waiting to see if it is a done deal that there wouldn’t be a primary election.
“That would be the climax which will form my bases to leave the party there is no doubt as it will signal that there is no internal democracy in APC.
He indicated that what is playing out is autocracy because if there was internal democracy they would allow for it to play out, by allowing everyone who is interested in running to pick up form.
“They should allow those interested to make themselves available and allow those who are card carrying members of the party to go through the process of primary election to actually elect the candidate they believe has all the credentials to win all the elections for the party. “But that is not what we have today because obviously we have an anointed candidate and so far that is what it is today.”

He said he has actually observed keenly what has been happening in APC and thought that with time it was going to change.
However he reiterated the position that since the past 11 months after he resigned as speaker, the party had almost shut him out as they don’t do anything with him again.
“Even the entire party structure in my constituency, ward and unit they don’t have anything to do with me. As you can see the party structure is almost non existent because Government almost runs everything even the party.
“Things are not done that way and it is not likely to abate and I don’t think it is healthy for me to remain in a party like this so I have waited this long believing that things will change and since it has not. To carry on with my aspiration and my carrier in politics I think I need to redefine my essence of remaining in a party like this.”

According to him, the issue was not restricted to the State as it is also playing out at the national level.
Ahmed indicated that the party is not doing well at the National level as there is so much grumbling across the States.
“Still at the national level the party has not done enough to carry party members along. Even the executive members of the party particularly in Kogi the four years were wasted because of the tussle for the soul of the party as the State party executive were also shut out.
He warned that the present scenario would not augor well for the APC if it does not imbibe the spirit of Internal democracy.
The former speaker reiterated the fact that he is the only one with the requisite experience and character to fill in the gap as a sitting member of the House of Representatives and the immediate past speaker
According to him, “Politics is all about the people the strategies do not really matter or who is actually bringing a candidate as the people know who will serve them at that level.
“They know who is with them, and who has the capacity and who has actually demonstrated that capacity so is not about who has been ordained by either the Governor or anybody from any quarter they know who is with them and who can deliver.
Against the backdrop of insinuations that he fell out of favor with the late Buba because of certain issues he said he still remain a member of Buba’s political family adding that some who do not believe are the ones using that to say he betrayed Buba.

“They can say what they like but I have not started talking as I have not even declared yet. Let them wait for the time we declare .
“The fact is, I have been with Buba, he acknowledged I am a person that should work with him the reason he dumped Bala and invited me over.
“He also knew I had the goodwill from the people. In politics two things play out, goodwill and money. If you have money but no goodwill it would not carry you anywhere but with the good will I needed some funds to just push.”

will do so many things but I would be more of building on his legacies
He acknowledged that they are two different personalities, that he had his still which played for him as he was successful but he said he has his own which is also paying off.
He expressed the hope that when he get there there there are other ways he can add value in terms of bills and motions that can actually bring democracy dividends to our federal constituency.
According to him, “The late representative had maintained contacts with the constituents here, I intend to follow up with that having been a man of the people living among them, I don’t think that would be a problem.
He said many also believe late honorable Buba, the former leader and himself are cut out for the same job as he has been following his footsteps.
“I think I should do better and he would have been happy to see that I am doing more in that regards. By Gods grace I will give more service in terms of motions bills and indeed the constituency outreach in projects for the people.”

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Zamfara gives Sahara Reporters 7 days to retract libelous publication or face litigation

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Zamfara gives Sahara Reporters 7 days to retract libelous publication or face litigatigation

Zamfara State Government has threatened to institute a court action against Sahara Reporters over alleged libelous report against the state government and the personality of the Governor of Zamfara State Bello Muhammad Matawalle.

Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Nura Ibrahim Zarumi who issued the threat letter to the editor of the media outfit on Tuesday evening in Gusau, gave 7-day within which the management must publish a retraction and public apology on “your online publication and in two other national dailies”.

The commissioner warned that it will amount to “suspicious gamble” if the letter is threated with levity, adding that the state government would take every step necessary to fight the matter to it’s logical conclusion.

“It is our mandate to intimate you of this grievous breach on the image and hard-earned reputation of the state with patent collateral damage on its people,” the commissioner noted.

The letter further reads: “Be informed that the state has not only suffered an infinite loss of Goodwill but also confronted with unbearable disgrace from within, outside the state and across the globe as a result of your publication. The state is alive to it’s right both law and equity, but it disposed to afford you an opportunity to undo the evil you have already done by retracting the same unwholesome remarks on the same platform it was published and apologize in two other national dailies”.

“The whole scenario becomes bewildering after reading your publication and the description of the state is totally out of place and libelous.

“Having regard to your previous publications against the state government our state has come to the conclusion that your publication is both malicious and libelous.”

The Commissioner insisted that, the state government will swing to action if Sahara reporters refuse to act according to the instructions of the state on this very important issue.

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Buhari says the good family name left by Sam Nda-Isaiah is worth more than gold

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Buhari says the good family name left by Sam Nda-Isaiah is worth more than gold

***As Leadership Alumni holds candle light for him

The good family name left by Sam Nda-Isaiah is worth more than gold, President Muhammadu Buhari has declared.

He urged the family to do whatever it takes to uphold it.
This was contained in a letter he wrote to the bereaved family. President Buhari said: “On behalf of the Federal Government and my family, I sincerely express my condolence on the sudden transition of my friend and ally, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, the publisher of Leadership newspapers.
“Indeed, Sam’s untimely passage filled me with shock and sadness to the point that I was short of words when the news reached me.”
Presidential aide, Garba Shehu, delivered Buhari’s letter to the deceased’s younger brother, Abraham Nda-Isaiah.
This was coming just as Leadership Newspaper Alumni held an evening of tributes and a candle light in his honour at the NUJ, FCT council secretariat on Tuesday.

At the session session, he was described as a man of many paths and a bridge builder who had finished his course.


The chairman of the NUJ FCT Council, Comrade, Emmanuel Ogbeche described him as “A man, many Love to Hate and Hate to Love”
A former editor of the paper, Sadiq Abdullateef said he was more than a boss, but like a father and big brother to all Alumni.
“He taught us a lot about leadership and journalism, no amount of words or eulogies can appropriately describe what chairman meant to all of us.
“He made us what we are today, so we can’t thank him enough for giving us the opportunity to grow on this job.
“Personally, a few days before he died we spoke on the phone and a day before he died I missed his call and I have been asking myself what that conversation would have been.
“It so sad, we will continue to pray for him, his family and Leaderhip as an jnstitution.”
He said he edited the newspaper from 2012 to 2016 as the longest serving editor of the paper.

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Humanitarian minister tasks media on awareness creation on the ills of drug abuse

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Humanitarian minister tasks media on awareness creation on the ills of drug abuse

The minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has charged, the Nigerian Mass Media on the need to educate the public on the ills of drug and substance abuse.
She made the call at a Media Orientation on National Awareness on Drugs and Substance Abuse held at Merit House, Abuja on Tuesday.

The Minister described the Media as a major agent of socialization as well as a viable tool for disseminating information on the ills of drug and substance abuse.

“The role and importance of media as a viable tool for informing and educating people across groups and demographics especially on Drugs and substance abuse in our society cannot be over emphasized.
“As you are aware, substance abuse is increasing at an alarming rate, deteriorating the health of nations, increasing crime, hampering productivity, destroying relationships, eroding social and moral values and impeding the overall progress of societies”.

Umar Farouq noted that young people were increasingly becoming victims of substance abuse, hence the urgent need for the mass media to propagate the disadvantages of the use of substances and hard drugs.

“The potential power of the mass media has helped in solving social problems. Television, radio and print advertising have been used overtime to influence our ideas, values and behaviour. “The continuous abuse of drugs has led to a situation of drug addiction and criminality. “The effects of drug abuse is detrimental not only to the individual but to the society as a whole, therefore, the use of campaigns by the mass media to reduce health and other related social problems in the society is very critical.
“The potential of mass media campaigns lies in their ability to propagate simple and focused messages to large audiences repeatedly, over time, at a low cost per capita.
“It is also assumed that they are able to reach a large and heterogeneous proportion of the population”.

The Minister also urged the media to remain steadfast in the accurate reportage of helpful information that will promote peace and unity of the nation.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary Bashir Nura Alkali reiterated the negative consequences of substance abuse on the society especially on youths.
Alkali who was represented by the Director Human Resource Management, Mr Abdulrahaman Babatunde Jaji urged the mass media to join hands in stamping out substance and drug abuse.

“The abuse of alcohol and other drugs by youths may result in family crises and jeopardize many aspects of family life, which sometimes result in family dysfunction.
“Therefore, the collaborative effort of all stakeholders is needed as no one alone can control it.
“The  problem is on the increase especially in the conflict zones of the country which is a serious threat to our national sanctity. Based on these findings, prevention advocates would look to the mass media as an important aid in addressing the problem of Drugs and Substance abuse”.
In her closing remark, the Director Social Development, Dr Dorothy Nwodo thanked the participants and other stakeholders for their contributions in ensuring a robust  awareness on drugs and substance abuse. She also implored  the media to keep up efforts towards projecting and actualizing the Ministry’s mandates.

Other participants at the Media Orientation on Awareness on Substance and Drug Abuse were representatives of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, the Nigerian Correctional Service, Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the Media.

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