Mix reactions trail postponement of election in Kogi
The news of the postponement of the General election (Presidential/National Assembly) which was billed for the 16th of February, 2019 in Kogi State was greeted with outrage from many quarters, among the political parties, the candidates and even the ordinary voters.
As expected many of the electorates and party faithfuls were prepared for the decision making day as they had traveled to their bases where they were registered to exercise their franchise.
The electoral umpire had deployed it’s human resources and non sensitive materials especially the Adhoc staff to their places of assignment.
Those that were badly hit by the announcement were those posted to the hard to reach areas especially corps members as they had traveled late on Friday to the places of assignment only to be faced with the evil announcement.
Some persons who had social engagements like wedding and other social gathering fixed Saturday the 23rd, 2019 are now in a delimma as to what to do next.
Many have expressed their disappointment as they have lost confidence in the electoral umpire who had given assurances that they were 100% ready for the exercise only to turn around at the last minute to reverse their position
Lokoja The Kogi State capital was almost deserted by Friday as many had traveled to meet up with the election.
Journalists who were billed to cover the election were not left out as some had moved a day earlier.
As early as 7am many persons had gathered at news stands discussing the turn out of event reigning abuses on the electoral umpire and those who had brought about what they referred to as a national disaster.
Why some blamed the ruling party APC as being behind the postponement others blamed the INEC for bowing to pressure.
Some said it may be a blessing in disguise after all believing that all things are working for good for the country.
A resident of Lokoja Suleiman Akpa said the postponement is like running away from a reality that must happen saying that Nigerians have made up their minds on whom to vote.
He asked rhetorically where security agents were when INEC materials are being burnt in some States.
According to him, it was reported that some nonsensitive materials meant for Enugu were deployed to Sokoto and vice versa which is an indication that the plan for the postponement had been hatched long ago.
He sighted the invasion of the residence of Former Governor Ibrahim Idris where PDP leaders were meeting on Friday by thugs dressed in army and police uniforms and mask as the height of lawlessness.
He warned against the use of fake police and security agents adding that the people are already familiar with the antics of the evil leaders.
He warned INEC not to be intimidated into succumbing to another postponement saying it is better for the electoral umpire to put its house in order before coming out to tell Nigerians they are ready 100% only to turn around to say otherwise the next minute.
Another resident Mrs. Juliana Etubi expressed worry over the fate of school children who were forced to embark on a compulsory midterm break adding that with the postponement the school calendar may suffer another mutilation.
She said if our electoral system had been made perfect and if President Buhari had signed the new electoral act into law there would have been no need to force the pupils on holiday.
She asked rhetorically when Nigeria would outgrow the selfish tendencies of its leadership that would not want free and fair election because they want to be reelected at all costs even when they are not doing well?
The Kogi State Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council (PDPPCC) warned that the party in the state would not accept anything short of a well organized electoral process devoid of manipulation, harassment and intimidation of voters and the opposition particularly members of the PDP.
The PDPPCC reacted to the postponement and the invasion of the residence of Former governor Ibrahim Idris by over three hundred policeman on Friday in Lokoja.
Spokesman of the PDPPCC Austin Okai stated this following the invasion and postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly Elections, pointing out that the APC in Kogi state has been rejected by the people.
The PDPPCC says the APC led administration has failed in its rigging plans in the state where it planned to massively deploy violence, use fake police men and to engage in votes buying.
The PDP PCC commended the people of the state for the solid support and steadfastness, pointing out that the failed APC led administration that is on its way out having failed to meet the yearning and aspiration of citizens, wants to cling to power by all means.
The Spokesman of the PDP PCC Austin Okai in a statement said the postponement was because the rigging machine of the APC was discovered, as it called on the people to be vigilante, and make history voting out a bad government, that has inflicted hunger, poverty, wickedness on Kogi citizenry.
The PDP PCC condemn is strong terms the use of fake police men to surround the house of former Governor Ibrahim idris yesterday, the laying of ambush against Sen. Dino Melaye and several other attacks and intimidation against it members all in an attempt to rig the postponed poll.
The PDP PCC warn INEC, not to be an accomplice, but remain unbiased and ensure that the will of the people prevail, pointing out that it is a known fact that the APC has lost face in Kogi state, warning INEC not to do anything that would present a result that would make her a laughing stock, as all over the world, it has become a known fact that Gov. Bello and the APC cannot win any election in the state.
The PDP PCC urged members and the electorates not to be deterred, pointing out that the plot to rig the election in the country which was exposed, reason why the election was postponed, should spur them to come out enmass next Saturday to vote massively for the PDP presidential candidate and other APC candidates.
Former Governor of the State Captain Idris Wada said so much money was released to INEC, parties had mobilised adding that everyone has lost a great deal for the nation.
He admonished Nigerians not to give up as what is worth doing is worth doing well.
Wada said the postponement should have been done a week earlier not on the election day.
He expressed the hope that INEC would not disappoint on the new dates with another excuse.
The ADC House of Assembly Candidate for Yagba East Sule Iroko, while reacting to the postponement of Saturday’s elections in his Campaign Office in Bagido Isanlu, urged his teeming supporters who came to expressed their disappointment not to allow the news to weaken their morals, but to see it as an opportunity to work more in their respective localities to canvass for ADC candidates at all levels.
He urged them to be patient and remain resolute.
He further expressed the disappointment experienced by those who have traveled from far distance to Yagba land to exercise their right and civic duty despite their tight schedules and the economic hardship deliberately caused by our leaders as a result of their insensitivity to the plight of the people.
He told them that this is really an indicator that they are interested in the progress and liberation of Yagba land and Kogi State at large.
He concluded by appealing to them not to relent but to come out en masse to vote on the new dates.
The candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) for Kogi Central Barr. Natasha Akpoti in a letter to her supporters admonished all that have committed their energy and resources, who also have shown doggedness in the face of massive intimidation from the government of the day and their few violent followers not to lose faith.
She said by the grace of God come Saturday next week they woukd be surely be defeated.
“What you have started, the victory match will be concluded with everyone alive to celebrate the victory. We know their tactics, we know they want to frustrate us at all levels.
Let us all as Agents, as Canvassers, as Party Leaders, ward chairmen, ward executives of our great Party, also as youths, fathers, daughters, brothers, mothers, clans, religious groups, community organizations stay focus on our vision “THE NATASHA AJAOKUTA RESURGENCE” and also of reclaiming our fatherland from the hands of our oppressors.
“Let’s keep the horse moving! Let’s keep the conversation on!! Let’s share ideas and finally just as we’ve held our hands on the street, matching towards reclaiming our father’s land through the Ballot, Let’s maintain the peace. Thank you and may God Bless everyone of you.”
The Kogi state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello in reaction has called on Nigerians not to be disappointed over the cancellation of the Presidential and National Assembly elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC), adding that the development shouldn’t demoralize them, but strengthen their collective resolve to grow the democracy.
He called on Nigerians not to lose confidence in the electoral process due to the cancellation of the scheduled exercise, even as he urged INEC to put all machineries in place to avoid a repeat of such unfortunate occurrence.
This was contained in a press statement that was signed by his Chief Press Secretary Muhammad Onogwu.
In the statement the Governor appealed to the electorate, especially Kogi state indigenes who had traveled home for the elections not to despair, but urged them to remain patriotic, steadfast and have faith in the ability of the electoral body to conduct a free, fair and credible polls.
Bello who called for calm across the state, warned against any form of public demonstration, or unlawful gathering that may lead to break down of law and order.
“I personally understand the frustration and disappointment expressed by Nigerians over the last minute postponement of scheduled elections by INEC. Your reactions are in order, but I urge everyone to be calm and refrain making remarks capable of heating up the polity”.
APC disowns notice on postponement of Membership registration exercise
APC disowns notice on postponement of Membership registration exercise
The All progressives Congress (APC) has disclaimed “Notice” in circulation and ascribed to the APC CECPC National Secretary, Sen. John J. Akpan Udoedeghe Ph.D.
The party describes the notice as fake and highly mischievous.
This was contained in a statement that was issued in Abuja, Saturday by its National Secretary
Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) Sen. John J. Akpan Udoedeghe.
The Statement reads, “The APC membership registration, revalidation and update exercise remains on course and commences as scheduled in the attached timetable.
“As earlier announced, the CECPC has approved the constitution of State Membership Registration Committees for the Party’s nationwide membership registration, revalidation and update exercise. This will be followed by a train-the-trainer workshop.”
Implosion in APC may not give PDP victory in 2023 if the party does not put its house in order says Lamido
Implosion in APC may not give PDP victory in 2023 if the party does not reconcile aggrieved members says Lamido
The former Governor of Jigawa State Alhaji Sule Lamido has warned his party the Peoples Democratic Party to reconcile aggrieved members to unite as the imminent breakup of the ruling APC may not give it victory unless the members settle their differences amicably.
Lamido stated this at the inauguration of the Jigawa State People’s Democratic Party PDP reconciliation committee in Dutse.
He indicated that the party
Has its own problems adding that it is either they correct it or Nigerians would continue to suffer”
Lamido charged the members of the reconciliation committee to be just and fair in their approach to aggrieved members.
He appealed to aggrieved members to put the party before their interest, for the victory of the party.
“We must forget all our grievances, set aside all our personal interest for us to win because it’s only PDP that can be able to rule this country” he stated.
He said the days of the All Progressive Congress APC are numbered as President Muhammad Buhari will not support Bola Ahmad Tinubu’s candidature in the coming 2023 general.
He claimed that in the near future, there would be no more APC because the whole of APC is made of two people Buhari and Tinubu.
“True of the matter very soon there would be no APC in Nigeria because it’s made up of two persons Buhari and Tinubu”
“And I swear to God Buhari will not support Tinubu’s candidacy coming 2023 general election”
“So since they are the leaders of APC and they have issues everyone will find his way and that would be the end of APC in Nigeria”
As his lasting legacy, Buhari will bequeat a flawless electoral system for Nigeria says Ohuabunwa
As his lasting legacy, Buhari will bequeat a flawless electoral system for Nigeria says Ohuabunwa
Founder of Sam Ohuabunwa Foundation for Economic Empowerment, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa has said
President Muhammadu Buhari has no option but to leave a legacy that will put in place an electoral system that will guarantee free and fair processes in all future elections in Nigeria.
Speaking while he unveiled a political platform in Abuja on Wednesday- The New Nigeria Group in furtherance of his presidential ambition for 2023 Ohabuwa expressed the optimism that President Buhari would like to leave that legacy by signing the Electoral Reforms Bill being considered by the National Assembly into law.
However, he said his optimism is not a total trust in Buhari but based on what happened in the two most recent elections of Edo and Ondo States that were fairly seen to be free and transparent.
“I am not trusting in Buhari to do the electoral reforms, I don’t put my trust in any human being, because remember the Bible said how miserable for anybody that trusts in the arm of flesh.
“What I have said is that from what I have seen in the last two elections, I am not talking about electoral law or no electoral law. We don’t need any electoral law to conduct a free and fair elections, we don’t, it is for us to determine to have a free and fair election and this can happen in my favor and the favor of Nigeria.
“I said I can read the president’s body language, he is interested, I predicted this in Benin during the election that Obaseki’s election was going to be a part of the new Nigeria, I said so and it is on tape because I knew from what I saw there the election was generally free and fair.
“That of Ondo was almost the same thing, so I am seeing a trend and that trend will continue. Again Nigerians have become wiser, because they have been in this business for too long, they have been collecting money and they end up where they started.
“They have been pushed to do what they don’t want to do, vote for people they don’t believe in because of pecuniary considerations or stomach infrastructure and after that they are returned to penury.
“Nigerians are becoming enlightened and that is the job of the New Nigerian group to get more Nigerians understand that if we want to change the situation we must take our state in our hands vote the right candidate, protect the votes as they did in the two states of Edo and Ondo.
“I also believe the electoral act would be signed into law. What happened in 2018 is not the same, everybody that wants to leave office will like to leave a legacy. I trust that President Buhari will leave a legacy of bequeathing a free and fair election.”
It is good to allow the leadership of this country at least for once before
The NNG, according to the former Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO) of Pfizer/Neimeth, plans to mobilize like minded citizens to install enlightened, visionary and committed leadership in the country.
He said that the group is out to make the country a first world nation “where all the citizens live in harmony, are treated equally to achieve peace and prosperity for all.”
He listed the core values and guiding philosophy of the group to include knowledge, industry, integrity, patriotism, justice, freedom/liberty and godliness.
He noted that the four challenges facing the country which he hopes to tackle if voted into office as president include poverty, corruption, injustice and insecurity.
He insisted that solving the problem of poverty would largely solve the problem of corruption while solution to injustice will help deal with insecurity.
He said he has been moving around the country to sell the vision of a new Nigeria where things will be done on merit and in the fear of God.
He said that the country must shift from a nation of importers and consumers to a haven of innovators and producers.
“We need to work hard and work smart to raise our productivity and be in a position to increase our gross national productivity in an effort to improve prosperity and drive down poverty,” he said.
He lamented that the country is divided due to misguided leadership.
“Every child born in this country should have equal chance with every other child to achieve his or her full potentials without discrimination as to his state of birth, ethnicity or religion,” he said.
He said that the group seeks courageous Nigerians that can stand up to their convictions.
He added that the NNG believes that the country has under performed as a result of lack of integrity in its leadership thereby fueling endemic corruption.
“The new Nigeria we seek must be birthed by a crop of Nigerians who are principled and with high moral and spiritual strength to stand up for what is right and righteous,” he said.
Ohuabunwa said that he is not in a hurry to pitch his tent with any of the existing political parties at the moment.
He said that the group would choose from any of the political parties available to actualise its presidential ambition when the times comes.
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