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Late Audu’s Brother deny any rift within late Audu ffamily

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Late Audu’s Brother deny any rift within late Audu ffamily

By John Akubo

The late Prince Abubakar Audu, younger brother Prince Yahaya Oyidi Audu has debunked the insinuation that the Audu family is in disarray over his personal disagreement with the first son of his elder Brother Muhammed Audu.
Speaking yesterday at a press conference to showcase his plans for Kogi East Senatorial district where he hopes to fly the flag of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2019 general election he said he has no issue to resolve because there was none between him and his son.

Mohammed Audu, the eldest son of Late Governor Abubakar Audu of Kogi state was charged with armed robbery at the Chief Magistrates’ Court 11, Lokoja In September, 2016.

Mohammed was arrested when he honoured the invitation of the men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad at the “A” Division Office of the Nigeria Police Force in Lokoja and he was subsequently detained sometimes in September, 2016
He was charged to court by the police on Thursday, September 8, 2016.

Other charges filed by the police against Mohammed were criminal conspiracy, causing mischief and grievous hurt as well as attempted culpable homicide, all contrary to sections 97 (1), 248, 327, 298 and 229 of the Penal Code.

Mohammed’s uncle, Alhaji Yahaya Audu, who was the complainant in the case, alleged that he was attacked by some hoodlums in his home at Ogbonicha on August 30.

He said it was by sheer miracle that he escaped from his assailants, who, he said, were shooting sporadically during the attack.

But while fielding questions from newsmen yesterday when asked how he had resolved his issue with Muhammed, he said there was no issue to resolve.
“A father and son fights, a husband and wife fights, a representative of the community and the community fights, only foolish father will dry his dirty linens on the streets.
“Let me say categorically here that Muhammed is my son, let me also say categorically here that an anger against a son or a son against the father is felt in the flesh not in the bones.
“Let me categorically state here, Watch my lips, I have no issue to resolve here because there is none.”

Audu the elder brother of the senatorial aspirant had given up the ghost hours before he was to be declared winner of the 2015 Governorship election thereafter creating a lacuna that produced the incumbent Governor Yahaya Bello.
He said though he had been out of the country for over three decades within the period he had helped to produce professors, directors and other well placed individuals in the country.
This he said, he had done through sponsorship from Primary school to university levels for many indigenes of his community and at the senatorial district level.
“In addition I have started a foundation for those who are not able to pay for their WAEC, NABTEC, NECO and so on.
“We are also going to sponsor people who want to embark on international educational pursuit.”
Audu who is an international business mugol is said to have the blessing of the powers that be in Kogi State to clinch the APC ticket as candidate to slug it out with others in the February 2019 Senatorial election.
He said he has a vision to rekindle the lost glory of the Igala/Bassa nation as he can see an emerging new and prosperous Kogi East through Innovative and knowledge based representation that would be transparent, people oriented and accountable.
“My mission is to influence the development of human and economic resources of our land and secure the economic base of our people through qualitative legislation for good governance and provision of basic infrastructures, job creation, industrial revolution and property alleviation.”
He said he is sufficiently disposed to offer himself to the service of the of his people at the senatorial district level.

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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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Prof Yakubu harps on electoral act ammendment to allow over 1 million adhoc staff to vote

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Prof Yakubu harps on electoral act ammendment to allow over 1 million adhoc staff to vote

The provisions of the Nigeria’s electoral law may be disenfranchising over 1 million over one million Nigerians of voting age, the chairmanship nominee of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has observed
Speaking on Thursday at his confirmation hearing organized by the Senate Committee on INEC, Yakubu noted that the current law allows voters to vote only where they have registered.

He said this has denied INEC staff and ad hoc ones deployed for election duties, journalists and election observers the opportunity to exercise their civic duty during elections.
“We engaged about one million ad hoc staff during the last general elections. This means that the staff and others deployed for election duties did not vote,” he said.
He said until the law is amended to allow voters to cast their ballots wherever they are, millions of registered voters would continue to be denied voting rights.
Prof Yakubu also said the Commission needs to construct strong rooms in all the 36 states of the federation and FCT to store smart card readers and other election materials.
This, he said, was to prevent them from burning in case of fire incident.

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Senator Abbo vows to unseat Fintiri using APC platform

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Senator Ishaku Abbo (Adamawa North) has debunked insinuations that he was overwhelmed by tirades of attacks from his Governor hence he left the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaking to senate press Corps after officially announcing his exit he said left the party to be able to square it up with the Governor in 2023
Senator Abbo had announced his defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in a letter addressed to the Senate President Ahmad Lawan and read during plenary on Wednesday. 

The lawmaker said though he fought for Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri’s victory in 2019, the governor chased him out of PDP due to his alleged mismanagement of the party, which, Abbo said, had led to polarization. 

Senator expressed optimism that he will defeat the state governor in 2023. 

He said: “I’m not overwhelmed by Governor Fintiri. I fought to bring him to power. 

“The governor did not defeat me. The governor chased me out (of PDP). I actually gave way so I will go and take his seat from him.”

With his defection, APC now has 60 senators, while PDP 42. The ninth Senate has six vacant seats.

Abbo announced his defection in a letter addressed to the House, read by Senate President Ahmad Lawan during Wednesday’s plenary session.

In the letter, Abbo stated that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa state by Governor Umaru Fintiri.

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