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PDP has not left old ways, says Aurelius Adejoh who returned to APC

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PDP has not left old ways, says Aurelius Adejoh who returned to APC

By John Akubo

A former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) aspirant for the House of ,representatives, Ankpa/Olamaboro/Omala federal constituency Deputy commissioner of Police(rtd) Aurelius Yusuf Adejoh has indicated that the impunity and imposition which was the hallmark of the party that made that cost it 2015 Governorship election in Kogi State has been upgraded in the build up to the 2019 election.

Speaking recently at his official declaration to return to the All Progressives Congress (APC) along with over 2,000 supporters in his country home of Adeh in Olamaboro local government area of Kogi state, Adejoh said just like the “leopard does not change its spot”, the party has perfected its rascality in trampling on the will of the people.
He said he was moved to return to PDP which he was one of the founding members when they promised to jettison their old ways of impunity, imposition of candidates for participatory democracy where the choice of the people would be respected.
He said having worked for late APC candidate in the State, Prince Abubakar Audu, in rhe 2015 governorship election, who later gave up the ghost at the verge of his being declared winner the party was in disarray.
According to him, they thought naturally Faleke should been allowed to inherit the votes but the party thought otherwise by nominating the second runner up who is now the incumbent Governor Yahaya Bello.
However, he oberved that the supreme court verdict on 16th November, 2015 settled all the wrangling as the court confirmed Bello as the Governor.
However, he said based on principle he remained with the ideals of Audu/Faleke group as the party could not reconcile aggrieved members even after the prince Tony Momoh committee submitted their report on Kogi APC.
“In fairness to Governor Bello, he made efforts to reach out to the Audu political family in terms of overtures which was not taken.”
Hence he said they were at a crossroad as Faleke had returned to Ikeja Federal Constituency in Lagos through which he went to the House of Representatives twice.
Again, he said the first son of late Audu had gone to PDP, so the rest of them who were followers of Audu had no option but to return to PDP.
According to him the impunity exhibited by the PDP in the primaries has made him to have a rethink as he can not blindly remain in a place where his interest is not protected.
He said the PDP that he joined is not a party that accommodates his interest hence he has no reason not to return to where I belong which is the APC.

“After the national convention of PDP on 9th September, 2017, the chairman that emerged, Uche Secondus apologized on National Television that they were renouncing the havoc they caused by their vindictive politics of imposition and impunity, that they will not go back to their old ways.
He said they believed that they were sincere so they returned to the party.
“So with the unresolved crises in the APC then between Bello and the Faleke group we say let us give them a trial. Unfortunately when the primaries of the party came up, instead of improving, it became worse than before.”
“Nobody can deny the fact that I contributed to the success of APC and I
believe that there is no fundamental difference between Audu and Governor Bello as the ticket of APC was an indivisible ticket that we worked hard for”.
He said when the primaries of PDP came up, instead of improving, it became worse than before 2015 when the PDP senatorial primaries took place in Idah and the senator representing Kogi East Attai Aidoko destroyed the ballot papers declared himself winner.
“The battle was fought up to the Supreme Court where it was alleged that Isaac Alfa was the winner but as we talk he has remained outside the hallowed chambers of the senate while Aidoko is still there in the National Assembly.
“The same Aidoko who has never won election 2011, who has perpetually installed himself with the help of the courts is still there.
“The last primaries tbat was to take place on the 2nd October, 2018, no electoral material were brought to Idah but by fiat Uche Secondus declared Aidoko as the senatorial candidate after selling the nomination form of N2.5m to over 10 aspirants.”
He said the PDP national chairman declared openly that over his dead body would any other person outside Aidoko get the ticket.
“So if you are talking of paricitapatory democracy that peoples votes will count, that the peoples voice would be considered in arriving at results then that is not the right place I should belong.”

According to him, there was no personal issue between him and the Governor Yahaya Bello group, rather he said it was based on principle.
“That done I did not need to search further to know where to go, where the interest of my people would be taken care of and that is why I have taken this decision.
“For now based on what is on ground the difference between APC and PDP in Kogi State is more than seven up. There is nothing to ponder when it comes to rational decision and rascality of the highest order.”

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Agency donates reflective jackets to Traffic Police, motorcyclists in Kogi

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Agency donates reflective jackets to Traffic Police, motorcyclists in Kogi

By Friday Idachaba

Kogi Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA), has donated reflective jackets to the Nigeria Police traffic officers, wardens and commercial motorcyclists to enhance their visibility and safety on roads.

Malam Momoh Dauda, the General Manager of the agency, presented bundles of the jackets to the police and leadership of the commercial motorcycle operators on Wednesday in Lokoja.

Dauda said that the lives of traffic policemen and wardens were constantly in danger as they discharged their duties on roads, especially the highways.

“We don’t need to convince anyone that these traffic officers are vulnerable and exposed to risks and hazards.

“In our own little way, we want to ensure their safety as they carry out this important assignment of directing traffic,” he said.

“At least with these reflective jackets, their visibility will be enhanced from afar and the risk of being knocked down will reduce.

He said that the objective of the CSDP was to reduce poverty by sustainably increasing the access of the poor and vulnerable to services for human development.

“The CSDA through the Community Driven Development (CDD) strategy supports communities and vulnerable groups to fund micro infrastructural facilities.

“This explains the decision of our agency to identify with the safety needs of the traffic police officers, wardens and commercial motorcycle (Okada) riders,” he said

Mr Ede Ayuba, the Commissioner of Police in the state, thanked the state government for its unflinchingly support to the police command in the state.

Ayuba, represented by CSP Comfort Omole, the State Traffic Officer, commended Gov. Yahaya Bello for his support to the command in handling the #EndSARS protests in the state.

“He stood his ground and made us to be successful and we did not record any casualty,” he said.

The commissioner also thanked the management of CSDA for the donation.

“We assure you that within our powers, we will continue to do everything humanly possible to serve the state and its citizens to ensure peace,” he said. (NAN)

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Humanitarian Minister makes case for compliance with building accessibility law 

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has made a strong case for the law that makes it mandatory for public buildings to be made accessible to People living with disability is complied with.

The minister spoke on Tuesday during a press briefing at the Nigerian Army Resource center in Abuja while commemorating this years International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWDs) in the country. 

She said, “The issue of accessibility for people living with disability has now become a law. It is in the act itself that public and private buildings take into cognisance the issue of accessibility for the People living with Disability (PLWD) 
“For us in the ministry we are doing everything possible to ensure that this law is adhered to. We have written to the Federal ministry of works and Housing to that effect and we are to hold a meeting with the Honorable minister on this issue. “We have also written to the ministry of Labour and Employment, Civil service commission, all these efforts geared towards ensuring that the issues concerning accessibility, concerning their rights employment and other issues are adhered to. 

“So it is work in progress, we are working on it. The Good thing is that It has now become a law and we will try as much as possible that the law comes into effect going forward.”
She said the theme for this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities is “Building Back better: Toward a disability- Inclusive, Accessible and Sustainable post covid-19 world”. 
“This theme is focused on ensuring that Persons with Disabilities are equipped and empowered for inclusive, accessible and sustainable development as is envisaged in the Covid-19 world.”
She said the 3rd of December every year has been proclaimed by the United Nations as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, following the United Nation General Assembly Resolution 47/3 of 1992. 
“The day is intended to prompt member States and other disability stakeholders to focus on issues relating to total inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), raise awareness on them and awakening the consciousness of all member States toward encouraging and promoting activities that will bring issues of disability in the front burner in both national and international circles, as well as celebrating Persons with Disabilities.”

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Humanitarian ministry insists States hoarded palliatives

The minister of Humanitathas denied having any link with hoarded palliatives meant for distribution to the needy during the COVID-19 pandemic by many states as she restated that all palliatives donated to the ministry were distributed accordingly.
The minister made the disclosure on Monday during a national Press conference in Abuja on the activities of the ministry since inception.
She said, “Recently, the world witnessed the unfortunate incidence of looting of palliatives and relief materials stashed away in warehouses in some states of the country during the #EndSars protest.

“As the Minister of
Humanitarian Affairs, I want to categorically state that the Palliatives
donated to the Ministry by the Nigerian Customs Services, National
Strategic Grain Reserve, and many good willing donors were handed to
State officials for onward distribution to the poor and vulnerable in thier
states.

“The Ministry identifies its strategic role and impact in the everyday lives of the Nigerian. We want to assure the public that we are on ground working every day for Nigerians.”

She expressed satisfaction with the success story of one of the Federal Government’s Investment programs, the N-POWER as 109, 823 benefitiaries have successfully started their own businesses

According to her, “After the two-year period, facts and reports show that some of the
beneficiaries of Batch A and Batch B of the programme have established
businesses in their communities, with no fewer than 109,823
beneficiaries of the N-Power Programme who have identified themselves
as business owners.

According to her, “Current Enrolment Status of beneficiaries for N-power Batch C closed in July 2020 and we have received over 5 Million applications since the portal opened.
“The application process will be concluded as soon as possible to provide additional Nigerian youths access to the programme.
“At this juncture, I want to officially announce that the Central Bank of
Nigeria in collaboration with the Ministry has developed a portal to
enable the exited N-Power beneficiaries to log on and apply for the
various economic empowerment and entrepreneurship options provided by the Central Bank such as the AGSMEIS loan and the AnchorBorrowers Program (ABP). “Interested N-Power exited beneficiaries
should log on to the CBN portal for more information.
The website portal is nexit-fmhds.cbn.gov.ng as displayed on the screen.

Farouq also refuted the claim that her ministry has been feeding the Internally Displaced persons with poor nutritious food saying the Ministry has been making different grains available and also allow other bodies who make donations of their choice which the Ministry cannot restrict or limit.

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