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Magic wand in Obaseki’s victory derives from Edo voters determination to bury ‘godfaterism’ says Natasha Akpoti

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Magic wand in Obaseki’s victory derives from Edo voters determination to bury ‘godfaterism’ says Natasha Akpoti

The Governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the November 2019 election in Kogi State, Natasha Akpoti has described the Victory of Godwin Obaseki at the Edo State governorship election as triumph over Godfatherism.
Speaking through a statement she issued immediately after the declaration of Obaseki as winner, she said Obaseki triumphed because the average Edo voter was dogged in the determination to nail the coffin of ‘Godfaterism’.

She said their resilience has shown that power belongs to the people.

She pointed out that the United States of America Visa ban on Riggers of Kogi/Bayelsa elections and the United Kingdom threats of seizure of assets belonging to politicians that would rig Edo election also did the magic.
She stated these while congratulating Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki on his outstanding victory at the polls which returned him as second term governor of Edo state.

Akpoti said the victory transcends political platforms because it shows that true power belongs to the people not godfathers.

Akpoti who is still not happy with the Supreme court verdict on the controversial Kogi State Governorship election said the outpour of votes in favour of Obaseki only proves that sheer determination by the people can make goals prevail.

“Godfatherism breeds criminal politics, usurps the rights and choices of the people; and worsens the sociopolitical development of Nigeria.
“Eradicating this vice will do Nigeria’s democracy a whole lot of good.”

She commended the Edo people for their resilience in the face of intimidation as they came out enmass to exercise their franchise without fear or favour.
According to her Obaseki was a performer having done well in his first tenure, the people connected well with him and ensured they voted for him because they are tired of Godfatherism.
She said the United states Government visa ban on riggers of Kogi /Bayesa election did the magic as it also served as a reference point by keeping many of the would be Riggers at bay.
She said the United Kingdom also helped when they threatened to seize assets of such politicians who are quick to rigging to ensure they win at all costs.
Akpoti pointed out that in times of health challenges some of these politicians may seek better healthcare abroad especially with the Nigerian history of poor healthcare delivery system many of them were scared hence could not be found wanting.
She also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for deploying technology by uploading the results of polling units, ward levels as they were being declared which she said gave no room for those who would have altered the results at the polling units and ward level during collation.
She challenged stakeholders to learn lessons from the outcome of Edo election and push for total overhaul of the electoral system to set the ball rolling for better elections in Nigeria.

“I applaud INEC for that, they were able to use technology updating and uploading as the results were coming in so that did not give room for manipulation of results.
“The basic is that he is a performing Governor and he has done quite well and his people connected with him with in his first term and they all look forward to better performance considering the fact that he is going to have enough time to continue with completing his projects.
” I am proud that his people came out enmass without fear and voted for him. That is what democracy is all about when the people are given the chance to choose their rightful leaders as against imposition from God fathers.
“I hope that every Nigerian will learn from this election outcome and apply this lesson to Ondo election and the 2023 presidential and Governorship election.
We should avoid Godfatherism at all costs because it breeds corrupt politics”

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

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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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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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