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PDP’s determined return to Kogi’s Lugard House

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PDP’s determined return to Kogi’s Lugard House
By John Akubo

Taking the dual advantage of recent resolution of its national leadership tussle and an unending crisis within the ruling party, opposition PDP looks set to reclaim the political power it lost in Kogi State two years ago.
Compared to the ruling All Progressives Party (APC), the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) looks more determined, in terms of cohesiveness, organizational structure and oneness of purpose, to win the next contest for the tenancy of the Lord Lugard House, Lokoja seat of Kogi State’s political power.

Recent events within the PDP have left no one in doubt about the dexterity of the party’s leadership for political re-engineering to regain its foothold given its seriousness and vision to return to power.
Coming immediately after the victory of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi leadership at the Supreme Court, the recent stakeholders meeting of the party in Lokoja, the state capital, might just be a watershed to greater things to come for the PDP in Kogi.
Despite the grounds they have lost to the APC, the leaders of PDP have proved doubting Thomases wrong that they can work together and leverage their comparative advantages for the common interest of their party going by the ease with which they convened the meeting within a very short notice with all prominent leaders in attendance.
Like politicians still in control of political power, they had held similar a meeting on March 5, 2017 where they resolved to embark on grassroots sensitization and fresh renewal of the party’s strength. With this renewed resolve that was buoyed by the apex court decision, the party was bold enough to issue a quit notice to the APC.
The leaders also directed PDP members to replicate the stakeholders meeting at ward levels down to polling units in order to carry everybody along in their determination to win the next poll.The party also challenged the APC government to conduct council election in line with the constitution of the country saying that there is no room for caretakers for the Local Governments.
Before its defeat, the PDP as a political platform was very formidable in the state and most of the members have been lying low waiting for the crises at the national level to be resolved.And with an endemic crisis plaguing the rank of the APC since its assumption of power in 2015, the PDP, which has lost its voice for about two years, is already capitalizing on the situation.
The leadership of the ruling party has not been at peace with the state governor, Yahaya Bello, leading to their relocation to Abuja from where they have been playing the role of opposition to their own leader in the state. The major issue of contention emanated from the way and manner Bello emerged after the demise of the APC candidate in the 2015 governorship election Prince Abubakar Audu, mid way into the collation of the results in which he was coasting to victory.
Bello, who became the substitute in a highly controversial high wire politicking and litigation up to the apex court, won the supplementary election and was inaugurated on January 27th, 2016.The APC has since then been in disarray as most of those who worked hard for the victory have been alienated with no patronage from the governor who was alleged of deliberate stifling the party to build a new set of loyalists unknown to the politics of the platform.
At the PDP meeting, the opposition party recognized the crack as a window of opportunity for it to wax stronger and take over the state from an uncoordinated and crisis-ridden ruling party. They pledged a better deal for the people of Kogi, different from the non-payment of salary and pensions that is currently the order of the day with the ruling APC, if they are entrusted with power once again in 2020.
They also promised to tap from the painful lessons learnt from their defeat occasioned by lack of internal party democracy by doing away with impunity and respecting the party’s constitution and the will of the majority.
Immediate past governor, Captain Idris Wada said he will not repeat the mistakes of the past because the party had gone through a lot of things in the last two years, adding that all those who betrayed the PDP in the last general election are already suffering and seeking a return to the party. Wada urged members to remain determined to rebuilding and repositioning the party for the next contest while assuring them that the PDP will not lose elections again in the state.He called on party executives at ward and local government levels to hold similar meetings and sensitize other members on the need to remain loyal to the party.
Also a former governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris who had been a strong political player in the state, announced that the PDP will take over the mantle of leadership in the state in 2020 adding that the leaders have resolved to work together collectively and that from all indications, the members were ready to fight the battle.
He said, “We have learnt our lessons in a very hard way and it was good for us to learn it that way. We would be more conscious of whatever we do to ensure such division does not come up again.“I am interested in working hard to bring back our lost glory because the children are suffering and no father would be happy to see his children suffering. PDP is fully ready to take over in 2020 to salvage Kogi State from impunity and maladministration of the APC administration.”
Also speaking at the event, Senator Tunde Ogbeha said they have not seen any form of development across the state since the APC administration came on board adding, “That means there is no good governance in Kogi and because there is no good governance, we will come back and reestablish leadership.
“We discovered that the civil servants and pensioners are suffering and we urge the governor to have that human milk if kindness in him and be compassionate to pay workers because he cannot say he doesn’t have money. “We are all witnesses to the fact that he collected the bail-out and the two tranches of the Paris club refund and he should use the money to pay salary. All these hiding behind the screen do not help.” 
He said those who thought they were decamping to the APC for greener pastures have found themselves in the desert, “with nothing to eat or celebrate. They are just suffering, we are anxious to take them back and we can assure them that there would be comfort in PDP.”In a chat with newsmen after the meeting, Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Bode Ogunmola urged defectors to return from their fruitless sojourn in APC.
He described the APC government in the state as a total failure stressing that the people, especially civil servants and pensioners, have suffered untold hardship and job loses as a result of unending screening exercise and lack of political will to pilot the affairs of the state. According to him, it is a misnomer to keep public servants and pensioners who have served the state meritoriously, starved for 18 months without salaries and pensions using the screening exercises as face saving measure.
The meeting witnessed a large turnout of party members and supporters that include, aside Idris, Wada and Ogbeha, Senator Ahmed Ogembe, Hon. Emmanuel Egwu, Hon. Tajudeen Yusuf, Patrick Adaba, Hon Yahaya Karaku, Hon Kola Ologbondiyan, Dr Idris Omede, Barrister Kabiru Usman, Malam Zakari Alfa and many other prominent party leaders.
Omede who is immediate past Commissioner for Health said the PDP has come back as one family through the judgment of the apex court.He said it is victory for all, with no victor, no vanquished adding that all should work together to take power back from the APC.According to him, “Some of the factors that led to the abysmal performance of the party are clear to all of us in the experiences that we have gathered. We should revisit those issues so that they are not rekindled again or reestablished. 
“All forms of impunity, imposition and self-serving interest should be done away with. Party politics is about interest but it should be about overall interest for the generality of the people who are members of the party, not a select few.“We believe that if impunity is addressed and the will of the people prevails, the party will go a long way in establishing itself and regain leadership at various levels.”Commenting on the huge success of the stakeholders’ parley, Omede said “it is a clear indication that PDP members within the state were excited and it was a full house. 
“It is a very clear sign that Kogi is still a PDP state and with good planning and fairness, the party will bounce back into the various elective positions.”

The first step to walk the talk in the party’s determination to reclaim the state has also been taken with the inauguration of a seven-man committee to reconcile aggrieved members and to bring back those who had left in Kogi West Senatorial District.
This was the resolution of the party at a meeting held in Kotonkarfe local council as contained in a communiqué signed by Kola Ojo, the District’s party chairman.The communiqué frowned at the non-payment of salaries by the Kogi state government and described the suffering of the citizens as unbearable.
While it noted with concern the huge indebtedness of the state to commercial banks, the party also frowned at alleged infrastructure decay despite the huge amount the government received the last seventeen months.Kogi West PDP also pledged in the communiqué that henceforth, imposition of candidates would be discouraged for open and transparent primaries where consensus is not reached. It also commended the spirit of the members for their resolve to wrest power from the APC in 2020.
Culled from The Guardian

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NUJ Zamfara chair debunks change of baton news, says he remains in charge

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The Nigerian Union of Journalists, Zanfara State  Chapter, has drawn the attention of the general public to a fake letter allegedly being circulated on social media that the NUJ Chairman Abdulrazak Bello Kaura from Pride FM Gusau has been transfered to Royal FM Sokoto.

The purported statement which was signed by the chapter’s Assistant secretary Nasiru Shehu Aula Dabbakal and was made available to the NationalUpdate in Abuja, earlier, had announced a change of Baton in the leadership of the State council of the union.
The statement had indicated that by the announcement the vice chairman Comrade Bello Muhammad Boko would serve as acting chairman pending a by-election that will bring in a new and substantive chairman.

The NIJ chairman Abdulrazak Bello Kaura
in his rebuttal of the statement  that was also made available to the NationalUpdate on Sunday in Abuja indicated that, “In the first instance the transfer is fake or a failed attempt by saboteurs and enemies of the profession and not political Union.
“During an illegal and deceptive meeting called by Assistant Secretary of the Union, members of the Union were threatened that the state government has directed them to address them and informed them about the purported transfer and decision to pick my vice, who I have had a good working relationship with to act as chairman.

“The arranged transfer by some elements who feel my position as the state Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Zamfara State Council was blocking their chances to use the Union for their selfish interests to achieve their agenda has failed.

He said the fake letter being circulated by his secretary attracted the attention of concerned personalities and his humble self.

He therefore decided to set the record straight saying,
“I’m a staff of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Radio Nigeria Kaduna National Station, posted to Radio Nigeria Pride FM Gusau, a dedicated staff and peace-loving with appetite and curiosity to improving the journalism profession.

“It should be noted that the management of the FRCN has realized that it was orchestrated.

“It also should be noted that nobody served me with any transfer letter, not even verbally till this moment.

“It was a senior colleague on the 3rd of February, 2021 that drew my attention to a letter being circulated on New Media platforms, addressed to me but not served, that I have been transferred to Royal FM Sokoto.
“I quickly called my General Manager to confirm and he said he was unaware of such a transfer. 
“The Council Secretary, Malam Abubakar Ahmed, also called him for confirmation but the answer from my GM was also a ‘No.’
“I later realized that it was a contract by a former DG Press Affairs, who was seen lobbying NUJ members to support his move to unseat me.
“He was seen sharing money and pleading with them to do the “needful.” This was reported to me by some good Samaritans.

“Let me make it clear that I’m still a staff of FRCN Pride FM, Gusau and the substantive Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Zamfara State Council who was elected in March, 2019 for a tenure of 3 years or 2 tenures of six years if reelected in the next election coming up in the next 13 months.
“Even if the transfer is true, the NUJ Constitution is clear about it in Article 6 (8)(9) and I quote: “If any officer retires or becomes unemployed, he shall be allowed to continue in office for six months after which if he is still unemployed and his case is not of such that the Union is fighting for his re-instatement, he shall cease to hold office and the post shall be filled through a bye-election.” However, he indicated that the rule does not apply in cases of acts of misconduct and criminal offences.’l
“An elected officer of the union who may have to be away for a period of two years, shall resign his office.
“The vacant office shall be filled in accordance with Article 6(8) of this Constitution.
10. No member of the union shall hold any particular office.”

With all the aforementioned provisions of the NUJ Constitution, he said the desperation blinds those behind the charade from seeing the truth and justice.

“I have never been faulted either by the SWC, SEC nor the Congress for any irregularity which made them to lose focus on where to start the contract they signed with politicians to unseat me as the elected Chairman of the NUJ Zamfara state Council.

For more clarifications, our Zonal Office sent a letter to the General Manager, Pride FM Gusau suspending the earlier transfer letter circulated on Social Media platforms by some unscrupulous elements (copy attached)

Another unfortunate disgrace to the NUJ and indeed its members he said was an unethical shameful announcement of the purported transfer on Zamfara Radio for two Days despite the notice debunking the transfer that was made availlable to the Chairman and the Manager News of the Radio Station.
“Their frequent live announcements misinforming the public that I have been transferred to Sokoto and my Vice was nominated in acting capacity was unethical.
He called on the National Broadcasting Commission; Nigeria Press Council; Civil Society Organisations and other relevant stakeholders as well as all well wishers of the NUJ and Journalism profession to intervene.

The National Leadership of our professional Union is at present working on the issue and I believe they will do justice to the matter as guided by the constitution and subsequently will met iutdeal sanctions on those working to mar the unity and integrity of the Union.

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Zamfara NUJ State Council announces change of baton in its leadership

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Zamfara State chaper has announced a change of Baton in the leadership of the State council of the union.
By the announcement the vice chairman Comrade Bello Muhammad Boko will serve as acting chairman pending a by-election that will bring in a new and substantive chairman.
The announcement was contained in a statement that was signed by the chapter’s Assistant secretary Nasiru Shehu Aula Dabbakal which was made available to the NationalUpdate in Abuja on Monday.
The statement indicated that
following the recent transfer of the council chairman, Comrade Abdulrazak Bello Kaura from Pride FM, Gusau, Zamfara state to Royal FM, Sokoto in Sokoto state, it became necessary to effect constitutional adjustments to avoid any vacuum.

The union assured the good people of Zamfara of a cordial working relationship .

The union also expressed its appreciation to the Governor of the State, Bello Matawallen, the Maradun Shatiman Sokoto for his support to members of the union.
The statement stressed that the union will continue to support the Matawalle-led administration especially in the fight against armed banditry through his peace accord and dialogue initiative.

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By Friday Idachaba

Akwa-Ibom State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Glory Edet, has appealed to Solidaridad West Africa, an international solution-oriented Civil Society Organisation (CSO), to train Media practitioners in the art of farming and investment in agriculture.

Edet made the call at a wrap-up workshop for CSOs and Media practitioners from Akwa-Ibom, Cross-Rivers, Enugu and Kogi States working on Oil Palm production interventions of Solidaridad West Africa on Thursday in Uyo.

The Commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs Mary Bassey, implored Solidaridad to involve media practitioners not only as participants but stakeholders in the Agriculture sector.

“Please, take the media people as stakeholders and also train them to become farmers. Make them go into agriculture and make millionaires out of them. Agriculture is the fastest way to become millionaires.

“Farming, aside producing the food we eat and guaranteeing food security, is now a highly lucrative business which everyone must embrace to break the shackles of poverty,’’ she said.

Edet explained that Akwa-Ibom had taken Agriculture production very seriously and was producing pepper, tomatoes and onions from its greenhouse adding, that “very soon, we would begin to export our onions”.

Speaking earlier, Dr Sam Ogallah, Senior Climate Specialist, Africa and County Technical Lead, Solidaridad Network, West Africa said the media were drawn in as participants as part and parcel of the Solidaridad interventions.

“They are stakeholders in our work and if we want to transform the Agriculture sector in Nigeria, all hands must be on deck and the media have a very crucial role to play in transforming the Agriculture sector.

“We have seen the enormous task ahead and Solidaridad alone cannot do it.

“So,we need every person on board from the CSOs, the government, the media, the Private Sector and the likes for us to bring the change that really matters in the agricultural sector in Nigeria,” Ogallah stated. (NAN)

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