PDP senatorial aspirant asks Buhari to borrow a leaf from Jonathan
By John Akubo,
A senatorial Aspirant for the Kogi East senatorial district in the forthcoming general election on the platform of the PDP Hajia Halima Alfa has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship demonstrated by Former President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure the much awaited election is free, fair and without rancor.
Speaking in Lokoja at the PDP secretariat in recently after submitting her nomination form on the vote of no confidence passed by PDP governors on INEC, Alfa said she alligned with them wholeheartedly because whatever is echoed at the national secretariat of the party is also echoed for the entire party saying it is the party’s collective dicision.
“We know that the President has been acclaimed to be Mr. Integrity, we know that at the right time the manner PDP handed over to him and to his Government without any rancor he would do the same when he is defeated in February 2019.
“Infact former President Goodluck Jonathan did not wait for the result to be announced before conceding defeat and putting a call to his major opponent President Muhammadu Buhari now the President congratulating him on his victory.
She expressed the hope that when the time comes the President would call the attention of all his security agencies and INEC to make sure that there is a credible election.
On the vexed issue of imposition and automatic tickets being allotted to some special PDP members she said, it has already been sorted out “Because as far as our national chairman is concerned, he said he would follow the rule of law to the later.
“He said who ever ascribes what ever is being speculated about automatic ticket is on his own.”
“Our national chairman said there would be no impunity, no imposition and that the rule of law will prevail as internal democracy would be well demonstrated and on that we stand.”
According to her, there is nothing like automatic ticket in the electoral law, in the party’s constitution and in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Alfa indicated that it is some people’s imagination and the chairman has told everyone that every thing would be done according to internal democracy.
“The chairman has appolilogised to the whole world that he was sorry.”
Alfa who also contested for the Kogi East senatorial ticket in 2015 on the platform of PDP vowed to surprise the men folk this time around.
She said she was robbed of her mandate by the incumbent senator during the primary election that took place at Dr. Stephen Achema Handball Stadium in Idah in 2015.
She lamented that in terms of attracting infrastructural development to the area, Igala land has suffered neglect following the paucity of quality representation .
The former commissioner of commerce in Kogi State explained that she had always contested for the senatorial seat , stressing that she was robbed of her victory through the help of some dubious party leaders .
Alfa claimed she won the PDP primaries at Idah in 2015 noting that the incumbent senator who has never won election in the past came to disrupt the process and they rigged the election in his favour .
Alfa said she had cursed those that stole her mandate for the current senator adding that, that curse has continued to follow them as Kogi East senate representatives have had no peace since this current dispensation.
She added that measures have been put in place to prevent the repeat of last episode of 2015 PDP primaries in Kogi state
In her words, “This time I am Ready for anything that will come up in the PDP Kogi East senatorial contest.
“I am prepared that the men may surprise me but I will rather surprise them the better, I am here because my people are not getting the representation they desire, I am passionate about that and being driven by that passion I will continue to aspire.”
She said because there is nothing good in this life that God has not endowed her with she is not aspiring because of the material things.
“I am a barrister of Law and I have Doctorate degree in Law and I think all my children, everybody is settled to the glory of God but the children of Kogi East are not settled.
However she said because the children in Kogi East today are her children’s cousins and as such they cannot sleep with their eyes closed when their cousins are not sleeping. She said in the last 16 years of democracy their children have only been taught how to embark on thuggery, how to kill, how to maim, how to kidnap.
She said that the so-called politicians taught them to do was thugery saying that it is what she has come to put a stop to.
She took a swipe at
past senators from the zone for lacking in quality representation in the last sixteen years expressing regrets that the zone had not witnessed quality representation at the National Assembly in the last 20 years.
She said there is urgent need to present a credible candidate for Senatorial seat in 2019 general election.
Alfa indicated that there was nothing concrete to show in Kogi East for almost 20 years of democracy.
“My people now want a woman to represent them, the incumbent and the rest have been there but they have not done anything for Kogi East.
“That is why they are panicking looking for automatic tickets. If you have done well you can go to the national Assembly for as many times. Your people will always want you to be there.”
Alfa pointed out that she is vying for the senatorial ticked of PDP so she can remedy her people from the disaster to which they have been subjected to in the last fifteen years.
She said within that period Kogi East had no voice in the National assembly. “Today in Nigeria if you don’t have a voice nobody will blow your trumpet for you. So I have come to go and blow our trumpet in the National Assembly, precisely in the Senate because that is where you can submit the plight of your people.
“For 16 years we only had people who go there because they wanted to be senators, but with no good representation.”
“The people at home have seen their failure, they have been cursing them because they have not realised the dividend of democracy.
“People in the National Assembly are contributing to the policies for good governance of the country, everybody is bringing his own.
“When it is time for appropriation of budget, the people that are really there to represent their people, work hard, make imput to see where their interests can be represented but we don’t have such.” People from Kogi East have never heard one day that their representative is making any contribution on the dilapidated road from Ajaokuta, when they look at the budget it is not there, they only concor to what others have done.
“I am not going to the senate just to concor but to represent the people in real terms.
She charged the people to guard their PVCS jealously as it is only with the PVC they can do whatever in terms of selecting the best candidate to effect the change.
According to her, having gone round the Local Governments and have educated the delegates on the need for them to take their destiny in their own hands this time around.
‘They should ensure they vote for the right people because that is the only place that they have a voice, where their plight would be listened to and that they can bite.
“In other places you can only shout but you cannot bite but in the National assembly you can bite.”
She pledged to give a qualitative representation and use her connection and readiness to lobby others to attract development to the zone.
Hajia Halima was member of the PDP Board of Trustees and one of the front runners in the SURE-P project.
With her Women for Change and Development Initiative, she had toured the entire country campaigning for affirmative action for Nigerian women.
She took the pains to tour various parts of the country to hob-nob with Nigerian women of all social strata in order to give them a sense of belonging.
Alfa through concerted efforts has established several women rehabilitation programmes aimed at improving the welfare of Nigerian widows, destitutes, physically challenged and less privileged.
Alfa through massive awareness creation and sensitization activities has so much prepared Nigerian women for active participation in present and future governance in Nigeria. She obtains elective nomination forms for women as a means of encouraging them to vie for elective position.
She organizes seminars, workshops and rallies in different parts of the country to educate Nigerian women on how to strike a balance between leadership position and their primary roles as mothers.
When home coming is dangerous
When homecoming is dangerous
Reviewing the Assassination of Ogacheko Atanu and a Warning to Nigerians in Diaspora on the State of Insecurity in Nigeria
By Frank Tietie
Ogacheko Atanu, an Idah born, world acclaimed and Saudi Arabia based drilling engineer was assassinated by unknown gunmen on Saturday, 9th of January, 2021 while holidaying in his country home in Idah, Kogi State of Nigeria. He was scheduled to travel back to Saudi on the morning of the next day before he was killed on that night in his hometown.
Ogacheko had such a brilliant career while he was at Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Nigeria. It was his sheer brilliance and distinction while at Shell that got him headhunted by Saudi Aramco, the world largest oil company based in Saudi Arabia, where he worked until his assassination in his house in his hometown of Idah.
Homecoming for Ogacheko has had a bad history. Some years ago, after he started work at Saudi Aramco, he decided to visit his hometown and in course of the journey, on his way to Idah, he had a terribly fatal car accident which broke his limbs. Saudi Aramco did not take chances regarding the treatment of one of its best executives. So the company flew a special air ambulance (a chartered plane equipped with specialised medical equipment) into Nigeria and evacuated Ogacheko for treatment in Saudi Arabia. That’s how valuable he was to the company. And it didn’t matter whether he was a Nigerian and a non-national of Saudi Arabia.
So why would Ogacheko choose to come to his hometown under the present circumstances and be brutally murdered in his country home in such a wicked manner? Reports say he was asked by the gunmen to say his last prayers and despite offering them so much money, probably in dollars, they shot at him several times and he died instantly. Why?
Shouldn’t Ogacheko have taken the state of affairs in local security seriously enough to stay away from Nigeria at this time? With his status, he had enough money to arrange armed private guards or special police protection but why didn’t he do that? He also had the means to obtain a licence to own guns with which he could have repelled the assassins or defended himself. Why would uneducated, barbaric, unskilled hoodlums just kill an expatriate of that repute just like that without any resistance? Ogacheko was helpless even in his hometown; he was murdered mercilessly in his country home. Why?
Some Nigerians in diaspora get so accustomed to their host countries which have secure environments that they underestimate the Nigerian security situation. These members of the diaspora should seek proper travel advisory before coming home for holidays and other purposes. But they are usually overconfident in their belief that Nigeria is their original country where they started. So they don’t feel so threatened as if things are not as bad as when they were once here. No! Things are no longer as they were. The security situation in Nigeria seems to be deteriorating by the day. Those of us who live here know the daily risks we face and we trust in God in unusual terms, everyday for our security. Why do you think many Nigerians say crazy prayers using terms like ‘fire and die’ and ‘Holy Ghost fire’?
The Nigerian government needs to do more to assure Nigerians in diaspora and indeed all Nigerians that there is enough security before certain travels can be made in our country.
In the meantime, all Nigerians in diaspora, especially the successful ones who are popular for their generosity, should weigh carefully all their travel plans to Nigeria. A direct advice is for them to stay away completely until the security situation improves or they should be prepared to learn and adopt the needed skills together with resources required to survive in Nigeria, in these precarious times of insecurity, whenever they visit.
Human Rights Lawyer
& Executive Director, Citizens Advocacy for Social & Economic Rights (CASER),
Writes from Abuja
2023: Okorocha expresses disdain for APC for putting Nigeria in dire straits
2023: Okorocha expresses disdain for APC for putting Nigeria in dire straits
Senator representing Imo West Senatorial district, Rochas Anayo Okorocha on Monday expressed disdain for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for putting the country in dire straits
He therefore called for realignment ahead of the 2023 General election among only the good people in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaking at the commissioning of the Rumuche/Rumuakunde/Ohna Awuse Link Road in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, on Monday, the lawmaker, who did hide his disdain for APC government said, Nigeria is in a serious predicament.
The lawmaker and former Governor of Imo State said people of like minds must stop complaining and be interested in rescue operation
He said: “In this dispensation, there are many bad people in APC, many bad people in PDP.
“I think the good people of APC and good people of PDP must come together for the purpose of making Nigeria great.
Okorocha wished that he join forces with governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, pleading with the governor to assemble good people and make Nigeria great.
He continued: “What brought me here today is not a party. What brought me here today is love and friendship. I am not PDP, I am APC. But the time has come when we must break the jinx of party division and begin to embrace brotherhood and friendship and be able to state what is good and what is bad. A bad man is a bad man, even if he is PDP or APC.”
Responding, Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike counselled all members of APC in Rivers to jettison politics of bitterness in the interest of Rivers people.
Wike berated Rivers State APC Chairman, Senator Andrew Uchenna for not attracting projects to his community in those years he represented them at the lower and upper Legislative Chambers.
Wike said, “I came here, I told you that I will do this road, I give God the glory that I have done it using one of the best construction firms in Nigeria.”
Meanwhile, former Senate President, Pius Anyim is billed to commission the Rumuekini-Aluu Road traversing Obio/Akpor and Ikwerre Local Government Areas on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.
This was contained in a statement issued by the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim on Monday.
Rochas Okorocha is a member of APC, Imo State.
While APC is party of Tinubu and Buhari, PDP is party of the Nigerian people, says Lamido
While APC is party of Tinubu and Buhari, PDP is party of the Nigerian people, says Lamido
The former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido, has described the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a party built around Bola Tinubu and President Muhammadu Buhari unlike the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that was built by the people and for the people of Nigeria.
Lamido who spoke yesterday in Dutse, Jigawa State after the successful conduct of the PDP state Congress said that is the reason for the collossal failure of the Buhari led administration in almost all facets.
The Jigawa State PDP Congress was enmeshed in crises when a faction led by the former Governorship candidate of the party in 2015 and 2019, Aminu Ibrahim Ringim went to court to challenge the Sule Lamido Led faction with a court injunction preventing his faction from continuing with the party’s local government congress.
However a high court sitting in Dutse presided over by Justice Musa Ubale had rescinded its earlier order restricting the Sule Lamido led faction from conducting the local government and state congress elections.
In a fresh court order, Justice Musa Ubale struck out the case and ordered the faction of the defendents (PDP and Lamido) to go ahead and conduct the party’s congresses.
The court’s judgement stated that,” the matter deals with the congress of the PDP to choose or elect it’s leadership in the ward, local government and state levels in Jigawa which is purely an intra-party dispute and thereafter not Justiciable”, it stated.
The PDP state congress which took place on Sunday may have put to an end the lingering crises between the Sule Lamido led faction and that of Aminu Ibrahim Ringim.
Lamido while speaking to the media said,
“PDP is the only party which has the kind of capacity to lead Nigeria and Jigawa State because it is a party that is owned by the people not a party that is built around one personality.
“In APC there are only two persons, It is only Buhari and Tinubu, then after Buhari and Tinubu, they have nothing, but in PDP wherever you go, you see PDP family, a party which is owned by the people, whoever leads the party will know he has to serve the people.
“It has produced so many leaders, Presidents, Governors, Parliamentarians, ministers, commissioners including contractors. “Remove the PDP’s virtue in Nigerian history there would be no Nigeria because PDP is Nigerian History.
“Today, Nigeria like America is going through some turbulence; insecurity, poverty, division, hate and what have you.
“We can not have a country where there is no mutual trust because in the absence of mutual trust there is no stability. “If there is no stability there would be no development. PDP has this advantage over every other party in Nigeria because we believe in one another, we love one another therefore trust is our watchword.
“Mutual respect, firm believe in one another. Only PDP can restore Nigeria. Jigawa chapter of the PDP is going to be one of the building blocks to restore Nigeria to what it was 8 years ago, when there was security, stability, fuel, power, there was infrastructure development, stability, love, mutual respect, there was everything.”
He asked the new executives to convey the party’s appreciation to the working committee and the NEC for taking the pain to go through the court processes which he said has been laid to rest.
The chairman of the congress lectoral Committee Dr Umar Ardo,said “From what we have seen here from yesterday those who contested the elections of the state executives of Jigawa State PDP, were unopposed, that is to say there was consensus in the contests and that is the best for democracy. “But in conformity with the laws of the country we have allowed candidates to cast their votes and we inspected each and every ballot box to ensure that each office is contested for and we have ascertained that.
“In view of that we are going to declare the candidates who have emerged victorious in this election.
He declared Honorable Babandi Ibrahim, as the State chairman of the party, Deputy chairman, Honorable Ali Idris Diginsa, vice chairman 1 Honorable Isah Zakari, 2nd vice chairman honorable Idris Ilyasu Danlawan, third vice chairman Honorable Muhammed Zagin Kafin Hausa, State Secretary honorable Isah Bello Gwadayi, State Assistant Secretary Abba Soja Dutse, State assistant secretary, Muhammed Mujitaba Abdullahi, State Assistant secretary Abba Ana’s Adamu. State treasurer Saleh Yahaya KO, State assistant treasurer Awaisu Hudu Sakwaya, State assistant secretary 2 Alhaji Danyaro Maiwelder, State Assistant Secretary Alhaji Aminu Ahmad, State assistant treasurer Yakubu Adamu Danmaliki, State legal Adviser, Alhaji Ado Dunari, assistant legal adviser Honorable Ubale Kiri, State Assistatant financial Secretary Alhaji Alhassan Babandi, State Financial secretary, Isah Alhassan Koriyel.
Others are State publicity secretary, Honorable Ubale Kiri, State Assistant financial secretary, Garba Galau, State assistant publicity secretary Muhammed Nabakindogo, State auditor, Garba Liman, State assistant auditor, Babangida Muhammed State Organizing secretary, Basiru Usman Galadinma, state Assistant organizing secretary, Sumaila Sule, assistant Organizing secretary, Baba Tambale, State organizing secretary, Hajia Nadia Birninkudu, State women leader, Hajia Siham Aliyu, State assistant Woman leader, Hajia Tabal Wabichi, etc.
The new Chairman appreciated everyone and promise to carry everyone along. He assured of delivering Jigawa State to PDP in 2023.
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