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PDP senatorial aspirant asks Buhari to borrow a leaf from Jonathan

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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.

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Why women in academia must not stay aloof of politics by Mantu

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Why women in academia must not stay aloof of politics by Mantu

***says without polilitics development would be a mirage

Former deputy President of the Senate Ibrahim Mantu has challenged the women in the academia not to stay aloof of politics because they percieve it to be leprous as there cannot be development without democracy.
He spoke recently in Abuja when the newly formed North Central Peoples Forum (NCPF) met with stakeholders from Kogi to sensitize them on the Forum’s agenda.
Mantu was speaking against the backdrop of comments by Professor Lucy Ogbadu who advised the forum to be apolitical for better developmental strides to be achieved in the zone.
The professor had also made strong case for women to be brought on board in the forum as no development can be achieved without them.
Senator Mantu however said,
“You cannot have Development without politics, politics produces people who are going to govern you, they are the ones that will ensure they manage the resources God has given properly.
He said people like Professor Ogbadu must show interest in politics. “We want women of substance, women who will go and talk so that people will warmly hear them and we would be proud to say this professor is from our zone and that is why she is doing wonderfully well.
“You must join politics so that we can make use of you in the right place because your voice would be better heard.
“There is no way we can compare you a professor with a woman who is on the street no matter what happens and if you are in politics and tomorrow your party wins because you are a professor the chances of you becoming the minister of education or Finance or any higher ministry is there.
“So people like you must not stay aloof and see politics as leprous, no you must show interest in politics so that the best women amongst us can be given the most resounding position that will go a long way to developing our zone and for our lives to be better.”

Professor Ogbadu earlier indicated she is not a politician, but identified immediately with the forum is because of what she saw about the Forum.
“It is a non partizan forum, a Forum geared towards the development of the zone and that is the only thing that endeared this Forum to my heart.
“That is why I have always presented myself. Unfortunately I am the only woman here today and it is in this respect that I wish to request that you should try to bring more women into this forum because there would be no developmental effort within the zone that will succeed without the women.
“You know it even as politicians. Most of you here are politicians. You can not get to the grassroots without women.

“We have to make concerted effort to reach more people and to bring more people on board. Some of you are politicians, the faces that people will see is that of politicians so when you bring people like us that are not politicians people will begin to identify more with the forum.
“Let us make effort to bring people that are apolitical. I also want to appeal to all of us to put away our differences, we are not talking about politics at this forum. We are talking about the backwardness of this zone in terms of development.
“The zone is backward in terms of development. We know the potentials that this zone have, we know we are blessed with capable human resources.
“We have been reminded that Gowon comes from this zone. Gowon is not the only past president from this zone. We can count up to three past heads of State from this zone yet we have nothing to show.
“For this reason I want to appeal to all us, as we make effort that this zone is brought to the limelight we do all we can within our capability to carry everybody along. “The women from this zone are capable, educated, they are beautiful. They have what it takes.”
The North Central Peoples Forum interim chairman Architect Gabriel Aduku said they are now getting closer to the people.
He said they were meeting with the Stakeholders of Kogi, those elected into offices like former Governors, senators and all that to have a close discussion with them on the need for them to key in and support.
“We are just gathering momentum.”

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

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



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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